ATLANTA – As part of the first round in THE TURN Powered by AT&T, Hawks Talon Gaming Club, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, won two games in a best-of-three series against Cavs Legion, the official affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The result of the game was 98-33, a franchise record for points scored and assists in a single game, and 71-57. As a result, Hawks Talon will advance to the round of 16 with a best-of-three series against Jazz Gaming, the official 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, which is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. this evening.
The single-elimination in-season tournament named THE TURN features all 23 NBA 2K League teams competing over four days competing in multiple best-of-three series, with the winner of each match advancing to the next round. The total prize pool of $260,000, and the winner of THE TURN will earn nearly half of the prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second- to eighth-place teams (first place – $117,000; second place – $52,000; third and fourth place – $22,100 each; fifth to eighth place – $11,700 each).
“We are proud of the way our team competed last night and earlier today to get us a series win over Cavs Legion,” Hawks Talon GC’s Team Manager and Head Coach Wesley Acuff said. “The competition in this league is elite, and we are now preparing for a quick turnaround with an important series later this evening against Jazz Gaming.”
In the game, Hawks Talon’s BP (Michael Diaz-Cruz) scored 32 points and dished out a franchise-record 20 assists. LEE (Lee Lamb) scored four points and collected a franchise-record 24 rebounds, while MRSTYLEZ (Andrew Valle) contributed with a career-best 26 points and five steals. Atlanta’s own KEL (Mykel Wilson) finished with 10 points and rounding out the group was Atlanta native ARKELE (Derrion Elmore) who contributed with nine points.
In the second game, BP was just shy of recording his first triple-double performance of the season after scoring a game-high 31 points and adding 11 assists and a game-high nine steals. LEE recorded a double-double performance after totaling 20 points and 11 rebounds. He also added five steals. MRSTYLEZ tallied 12 points, while KEL contributed with five points and two assists, and ARKELE contributed with three points and two rebounds.
Hawks Talon (4-8) will continue its participation in THE TURN with a series against Jazz Gaming and with the winner advancing to the round of eight. All matches will air live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch channels, in addition to select matches airing live on ESPN’s digital platforms and the NBA 2K League’s YouTube channel.