NBA fans would have been enjoying the last week of the regular season if not for the coronavirus pandemic that shut down live sporting events across the world. But fans can still see some of their favorite players in live competition on Saturday during the semifinals and finals of the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament.
The semifinal round tips off at 5 p.m. on ESPN with a matchup between Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell and Sun guard Devin Booker. Harrell easily handled Damontas Sabonis 73-51 in the opening round and took down Derrick Jones Jr. 71-66 in the quarterfinal. Booker won his opening game 85-75 against Michael Porter Jr. and then cruised to a 71-55 quarterfinal victory over Rui Hachimura.
The second semifinal game begins at 7 p.m., with Suns center Deandre Ayton taking on Clippers guard Patrick Beverly. Ayton cruised to a 57-41 victory in the opening round against Zach Lavine and snuck by Trae Young 73-66 in the quarterfinal. Beverly blew out Hassan Whiteside 84-54 to advance to the quarterfinal, where he then eked out a 69-62 win over Andre Drummond.
The championship game will tip off at 9 p.m. between the winners of the semifinal games.
Sporting News is tracking live updates from the final night of the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament. Follow along below for complete results.
‘NBA 2K’ tournament live updates, scores
Montrezl Harrell vs. Devin Booker
5:05 p.m. — Booker goes with the Clippers, while Harrell rolls with the Rockets. Interesting matchup, looks like Booker might have the advantage as Harrell is forced to play against his own team.
5:14 p.m. — A competitive game early on, but Booker closes the first quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 17-12.
5:24 p.m. — It’s raining threes on both ends. Booker and the Clippers have made six already, Harrell and the Rockets have made three. Booker leads 35-27 with a minute to go in the second quarter.
5:29 p.m. — Booker leads 39-28 at halftime. He’s shooting 67 percent from the field and is having fun with his dog during the break.
5:37 p.m. — Booker is pouring it on now as Harrell says he’s lagging. Booker leads 50-39 with 1:42 to play in the third quarter.
5:42 p.m. — Booker leads 55-40 at the end of the third quarter and he’s talking a lot of trash towards Harrell while locking him up with, you guessed it, Harrell.
5:48 p.m. — It looks like Booker is gonna cruise to the championship, he leads 60-44 with 3:08 to play.
(Game starts at 5 p.m. Eastern Time)
Deandre Ayton vs. Patrick Beverley
(Game starts at 7 p.m. Eastern Time)
Live stream & how to watch ‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament
ESPN, ESPN2 and the Watch ESPN app are the only ways to watch the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament live.
Here is the TV broadcast schedule Saturday’s schedule for the semifinals. The tournament can be streamed through the ESPN app and ach of the NBA’s social channels on Twitter (@NBA2K, @NBA), Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, but only after the live broadcast on ESPN is finished.
The championship match will cap the night.
A delayed broadcast of the matches will be re-aired on Twitch and YouTube. A feed is included below.
‘NBA 2K’ tournament bracket results
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