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Sports Raptors Uprising GC sets NBA 2K League mark with 11th straight win to open season

07:05  30 june  2020
07:05  30 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Raptors Uprising GC sets NBA 2K League mark with 11th straight win to open season

  Raptors Uprising GC sets NBA 2K League mark with 11th straight win to open season TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC recorded its 11th straight victory Monday, sweeping Heat Check Gaming in their best-of-three esports series to set an NBA 2K League record for consecutive wins to start the season. The Raptors (11-0) had their way with the Heat (2-7) in Game 1, cruising to a 92-54 win before having to rally in the second half for an 80-58 victory in Game 2. Toronto tied Mavs Gaming' league mark of 10 straight victories to start the season when they crushed Magic Gaming last week.

The Raptors (10-0) are after an NBA 2 K League -record 11 th Despite the COVID-19 delay in starting the season and having to play remotely rather than in the league 's New York The Raptors won their 10 th straight in style, combining for 60 assists and making 39-of-49 three-pointers over the two games.

When Raptors Uprising Gaming Club makes its first-ever pick in the NBA 2 K League , they’ll be hoping to land a player who’s more Reggie Miller than Acie Law. Miller, a Hall of Famer, and Law, a player who lasted only four NBA seasons , were both selected 11 th overall in their respective NBA

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TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC recorded its 11th straight victory Monday, sweeping Heat Check Gaming in their best-of-three esports series to set an NBA 2K League record for consecutive wins to start the season.

The Raptors (11-0) had their way with the Heat (2-7) in Game 1, cruising to a 92-54 win before having to rally in the second half for an 80-58 victory in Game 2.

Toronto tied Mavs Gaming' league mark of 10 straight victories to start the season when they crushed Magic Gaming last week.

There was some initial confusion over whether 11 straight victories represented the longest winning streak in the league's three-year history, especially given the change in format this season.

Raptors Uprising look to turn NBA 2K League dominance into some cash this week

  Raptors Uprising look to turn NBA 2K League dominance into some cash this week TORONTO — Unbeaten Raptors Uprising GC looks to turn its regular-season dominance in NBA 2K League play into a little cash this week in the esports circuit's Tipoff Tournament. There's US$160,000 up for grabs with $70,000 going to the winner as the 23 teams turn their attention from the league to the first of three tournament this season. "That immediately increases the stakes of the game," said Shane Talbot, esports manager at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC , yet to lose this season , swept Kings Guard Gaming on Friday night to win the NBA 2 K League 's US0,000 The Raptors hit 10-of-16 shots from three-point range as they ran away in the second half. Rookie Maurice (ReeceMode) Flowers had 17 points and

The Raptors had no letdown after edging NBA-leading Houston on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each 11. "They’re playing fantastic basketball right now and they’re continuing with that momentum through this Raptors Uprising GC ties NBA 2 K League record with 10 th straight win .

But league officials ruled that Blazer5 Gaming holds the record for longest regular-season winning streak at 14, set during the 2019 season. T-Wolves Gaming reeled off 12 consecutive victories last year over the regular season and playoffs.

Regular-season games were one-off contests in the league's first two seasons before switching to best of-three series in remote play this year.

Star point guard Kenneth (Kenny Got Work) Hailey warmed up as Game 1 wore on to lead all-scorers with 30 points and eight assists for Toronto. Raptors centre Jerry (Sick One) Knapp was a force in the middle with 21 points and 23 rebounds.

The Raptors forced 23 turnovers, including 10 from Heat point guard Glenn (GlennRatty) Wilkerson and nine from centre Juan (Hotshot) Gonzalez.

Raptors Uprising rolls over Blazers, Lakers in NBA 2K League Tipoff Tournament

  Raptors Uprising rolls over Blazers, Lakers in NBA 2K League Tipoff Tournament TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC, unbeaten in regular-season play, kept rolling Wednesday by thumping Blazer5 Gaming and Lakers Gaming in the NBA 2K League's Tipoff esports tournament. Toronto joins seven other teams in advancing to the knockout stage of the US$160,000 event that runs through Friday. How dominant were the Raptors? Star point guard Kenneth (Kenny Got Work) Hailey almost outscored Lakers Gaming in Game 1 of their two-legged series,  pouring in 58 points in a 105-59 victory. Hailey, continuing his MVP-calibre season, hit 10-of-13 three-point attempts and shot 22-of-30 overall. Toronto won the second leg 91-53 with Hailey adding 31 points.

The Toronto Raptors kept their perfect season alive with a victory over the Dallas Mavericks Friday. The Mavericks picked up the pace in the second quarter and cut the Raptors ’ lead to 50-45 before Toronto called a timeout. Raptors Uprising GC ties NBA 2 K League record with 10 th straight win .

With its 44th win , Toronto clinched a playoff spot for a franchise-record fourth consecutive year. The Raptors lead the NBA with 19 comeback wins when trailing by double digits, and they came back from 15-point deficits to win Raptors Uprising GC ties NBA 2 K League record with 10 th straight win .

Hailey was cold to start Game 2 but finished with 35 points and 12 assists while hitting 6-of-7 three-pointers. Wilkerson also had 35 points for Miami.

Monday's game had US$2,500 on the line for the winner, as part of the league's plan to redistribute prize money for local tournaments called off due to the global pandemic.

The league is awarding a total of $60,000 in prize money covering 23 matches over the next two weeks.

The Raptors had a hot start in Game 1, leading 14-2 after reeling off 11 straight points and pushed the lead to 22-4 after an 19-2 run. The Heat rallied to close the gap to 24-15 at the end of the first quarter.

Gonzalez, named to the 2019 All-NBA 2K League second team, had 11 of the Heat's opening 15 points.

Toronto regained control in the second quarter to lead 48-30 at the half. Maurice (ReeceMode) Flowers hit 5-of-6 shots and Knapp connected on 7-of-10.

Both centres were on in the first half. Gonzalez had 19 points in the half, hitting all nine shots while Knapp had 14 points and 11 assists.

Raptors Uprising hold off Gen.G Tigers to win 12th straight in NBA 2K League play

  Raptors Uprising hold off Gen.G Tigers to win 12th straight in NBA 2K League play TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC ran its win streak to 12 and clinched a playoff berth Thursday, holding off the Gen.G Tigers in an international matchup in NBA 2K League play. Toronto (12-0) cruised to a 101-62 win in Game 1 but went cold in Game 2 and lost 76-72. Despite some remote-play technical problems in the rubber match, normal service resumed as the Raptors thumped expansion Gen.G (5-7) 106-53 to win the best-of-three esports series. It marks the fastest a team has clinched a playoff berth in the league's three-year history. The victory was worth US$2,500 for the Toronto team, which made the playoffs in the league's inaugural 2018 season but missed out last year.

Official account for Raptors Uprising GC . Toronto Raptors NBA 2 K League affiliate. Press alt + / to open this menu. TORONTO, Canada— Raptors Uprising GC are making it look easy. On Tuesday, Toronto’s professional NBA 2 K League team picked up their 10 th - straight win , defeating Magic

The win was the Raptors ’ ninth straight , extending their season -high winning streak as they head to By the time the opening frame was over Brooklyn led 40-32, but then VanVleet went to work on Russell. More from Sportsnet. Raptors Uprising GC to pick 11 th overall in NBA 2 K League Draft.

Toronto led 70-42 going into the fourth.

Game 2 was closer with Miami leading 21-19 after a first quarter that saw Hailey make just one of four shots. The Heat were up 35-31 at the half thanks to 20 points from Wilkerson, the eighth overall pick in the February draft.

The Raptors pulled ahead 39-35 on three-pointers by birthday boy Trent (Timelycook) Donald and Hailey and led 54-26 after outscoring the Heat 24-11 in the third quarter.

Toronto outscored Miami 49-23 in the second half.

After going 8-6 in the league's inaugural 2018 season and 8-8 last year, Toronto has been the class of the esports circuit in 2020.

Despite the COVID-19 delay in starting the season and having to play remotely rather than in the league's New York studio, the Raptors have done nothing but win this season.

On June 12 they set a league scoring record in a 109-51 demolition of Celtics Crossover Gaming. Pistons GT set the previous single-game mark in a 108-69 win over the Heat in July 2018.

The Raptors won the $160,000 Tipoff Tournament earlier this month, dispatching Blazer5 Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Gen.G Tigers and Kings Guard Gaming en route to the $70,000 first prize.

Toronto faces Shanghai's Gen.G Tigers on Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2020.

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