Indianapolis, Ind. — Grizz Gaming, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, fell to Wizards District Gaming 4-2 in a best-of-seven series in the semifinals of the SLAM OPEN on Saturday. The SLAM OPEN is the NBA 2K League’s first 3-on-3 tournament and the first to include amateur teams.
|Game 1||Grizz Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||L (13-21)|
|Game 2||Wizards District Gaming||Grizz Gaming||W (23-14)|
|Game 3||Grizz Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||W (21-15)|
|Game 4||Wizards District Gaming||Grizz Gaming||L (18-21)|
|Game 5||Grizz Gaming||Wizards District Gaming||L (18-21)|
|Game 6||Wizards District Gaming||Grizz Gaming||L (21-25)|
Grizz Gaming earned a 23-14 victory in Game 2 behind 13 points from BP (Michael Diaz). The Grizz limited the Wizards to just 6-of-14 from the floor, outshooting Washington 75% to 43% from the field. Memphis captured back-to-back wins with a 21-15 win in Game 3. Jrod (Justin Rodriguez) connected on 3-of-4 3-pointers, including the game-winner. Newdini (Manuel Newman II) lifted Wizards District to a Game 4 win, scoring 19 of the team’s 21 points to even the series, 2-2. Wizards District parlayed the momentum into victories in Game 5 and Game 6, ending Grizz Gaming’s best finish in tournament play.
The prize pool awarded $60,000 to The SLAM OPEN champions. Second place received $30,000 while the third and fourth place teams earned $15,000 each.
Grizz Gaming returns to five-on-five action vs. Raptors Uprising Gaming on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. CT in Group Play of THE TURN.