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 rounds will be a best-of-three series. The first game 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 series 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.
5:52 p.m. — Final: Devin Booker wins it 68-54 and takes a 1-0 lead in the semifinal. Game two set to start in a few minutes.
6:04 p.m. — Booker goes with the Raptors in game two, while Harrell, facing elimination, goes with the superteam in the Bucks.
6:09 p.m. — Another competitive start in game two, Booker lead 13-12 with 1:33 left in the first quarter.
6:12 p.m. — After one quarter, Booker leads 18-15 thanks to another 3-pointer from Fred VanVleet.
6:20 p.m. — Harrell ties it up on a layup by Robin Lopez, but Booker goes back ahead 27-25 on a layup by Siakam, 2:20 left in the second quarter.
6:28 p.m. — Half: it’s all tied up at 31-31 as Harrell gets a layup with Robin Lopez in the final seconds. It’s been a back-and-forth game so far, with Booker trying to punch his ticket to the championship and Harrell trying to stave off elimination.
6:38 p.m. — Harrell is starting to find a rhythm with Giannis Antetokounmpo as he leads 41-36 with 3:49 to play in the third quarter.
6:44 p.m. — Booker surges back to take a 54-50 lead at the end of the third quarter. He’s one quarter away from advancing to the championship.
6:53 p.m. — It’s been a low-scoring quarter, Booker leads 60-56 with 1:30 remaining.
6:55 p.m. — Booker nabs a steal with Fred VanVleet and makes a free throw to extend his lead to 63-60 with 11.8 seconds left.
6:57 p.m. — Final: Booker wins 65-62 to sweep Harrell and advance to the championship. He’ll face the winner of Deandre Ayton and Patrick Beverly.
Deandre Ayton vs. Patrick Beverley
7:04 p.m. — Ayton goes with the Nets, which threw off Beverly, who switched last-second from the Clippers to the Celtics.
7:11 p.m. — Beverly goes ahead on a layup with Kyrie Irving. He leads 13-11 with 2:00 left in the first quarter.
7:14 p.m. — It’s all tied up at 18-18 at the end of the first quarter. Neither player able to get much of an edge early on.
7:26 p.m — Ayton takes a 33-31 lead at halftime on a basket by DeAndre Jordan.
7:37 p.m. — Ayton gets out to an early push with an 8-point lead but Beverly cuts it to 48-45 on a layup with 1:08 in the third quarter.
7:41 p.m. — Beverly takes a 54-51 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Big turnaround for the trash-talking veteran.
7:48 p.m. — Ayton is cooking with Durant, who’s up to 23 points. Ayton leads 66-59 with 2:45 remaining.
7:56 p.m. — Final: Ayton wins game one 75-69 and is one game away from advancing to the championship.
8:10 p.m. — Beverly, facing elimination, goes with the Nuggets. Ayton, to everyone’s surprise, chose to go with his Suns.
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.
|Matchup||Start time||TV channel|
|Montrezl Harrell vs. Devin Booker||5 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Deandre Ayton vs. Patrick Beverley||7 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Harrell / Booker vs. Ayton / Beverley||9 p.m. ET||ESPN|
A delayed broadcast of the matches will be re-aired on Twitch and YouTube. A feed is included below.
‘NBA 2K’ tournament bracket results
|1||Kevin Durant vs. Derrick Jones Jr.||Derrick Jones Jr.||78-62|
|1||Zach Lavine vs. Deandre Ayton||Deandre Ayton||57-41|
|1||Trae Young vs. Harrison Barnes||Trae Young||101-59|
|1||Hassan Whiteside vs. Patrick Beverley||Patrick Beverley||84-54|
|1||Donovan Mitchell vs. Rui Hachimura||Rui Hachimura||74-71|
|1||Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr.||Devin Booker||85-75|
|1||Andre Drummond vs. DeMarcus Cousins||Andre Drummond||101-49|
|1||Montrezl Harrell vs. Domantas Sabonis||Montrezl Harrell||73-51|
|2||Devin Booker vs. Rui Hachimura||Devin Booker||71-55|
|2||Montrezl Harrell vs. Derrick Jones Jr.||Montrezl Harrell||71-66|
|2||Trae Young vs. Deandre Ayton||Deandre Ayton||73-66|
|2||Andre Drummond vs. Patrick Beverly||Patrick Beverley||69-62|