Each experienced a varying level of success in a tournament where the winner gets $100,000 for the charity of their choice.
NBA 2K tourney: No. 8 Montrezl Harrell vs. No. 9 Domantas Sabonis
Both players also had the good courtesy to play with their own teams, unlike literally every other player to log on Sunday. That allowed one lovely bit of violence featuring Harrell playing as Harrell.
Meanwhile, Sabonis had a little less fun with his virtual self.
"He sucks! He really sucks!" - Domantas Sabonis after he shoots with HIMSELF as he faces off against Montrezl Harrell on 2K 🤣😭 pic.twitter.com/ntzX7PXRaB— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 5, 2020
NBA 2K tourney: No. 4 Donovan Mitchell vs. No. 13 Rui Hachimura
The lone upset of the day — at least by seeding — came via Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura, who toppled Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell in a 74-71 thriller. Taking down the No. 4 seed was apparently some thirsty work.
Rui takes a real life water break 🤣 He got a waterboy and everything pic.twitter.com/aFSQUnBbWR— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) April 5, 2020
Mitchell was sporting in defeat ... and a little salty.
He wasn’t the only one peeved by the loss, or at least how it came about.
Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) April 5, 2020
NBA 2K tourney: No. 5 Devin Booker vs. No. 12 Michael Porter Jr.
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker had little trouble in dispatching Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets, which isn’t a surprised considering video games were actually what Booker was playing when the NBA season was suspended.
The fun came early when Porter — perhaps in his own interest — suggested they could play with their own teams like Harrell and Sabonis. As you might have heard, the Nuggets are a bit better than the Suns these days.
Booker’s response was simple.
Then the trash talk started coming.
Final score: 85-75 Booker. He’ll face Hachimura in the next round.
NBA 2K tourney: No. 6 Andre Drummond vs. No. 11 DeMarcus Cousins
The final game of the day was by far the most lopsided. Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond absolutely thrashed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins by an incredible score of 101-49.
Drummond was even out there making buzzer beaters.
We at least got some fun stories out of an extremely uncompetitive fake basketball game.
Boogie Cousins just said the craziest dunk he’s ever seen in his life was @juliojones_11 catching a tip-dunk on one of his teammates in high school.— Perry Robinson, III (@ThePRobReport) April 6, 2020
Said it was so crazy that it took 20 minutes to get the game back started, but there’s no tape of the dunk.
Tape of the dunk doesn’t exist, but audio sure does.
It wasn’t so fun at the end for Cousins, though.
update from the NBA 2K tournament: DeMarcus Cousins is mad because the CPU automatically subbed in bench players with his team down 35— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) April 6, 2020
Drummond will face Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley next round. Hopefully it will be a little more competitive.
Full highlights of each game can be found on the NBA’s YouTube channel.
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