NBA 2K Players Tournament: Suns' Booker sweeps Ayton in finals
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker defeated teammate Deandre Ayton to win the inaugural NBA 2K Players Tournament final Saturday night. Booker earned $100,000 for a charity of his choice with a 2-0 series victory.
Booker and Ayton clashed in the championship after defeating Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley, respectively, in Saturday's semifinal action. Players were seeded based on their in-game rankings and weren't allowed to select teams they used in earlier rounds of the tournament.
Booker finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record.
Game 1: 72-62 Booker
Ayton got the luxury of starting the finals playing with the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the game's top-rated teams. Booker responded with the perimeter-oriented Houston Rockets.
Booker's Rockets pulled away late in the fourth quarter thanks to his superb transition game and stellar 3-point efficiency. The sharpshooter connected on 13 treys while outscoring Ayton 22-4 in transition to score a decisive win and put the big man on the brink of elimination.
Game 2: 74-62 Booker
Needing a win to force Game 3, Ayton turned to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks against Booker's Denver Nuggets.
But even with the reigning MVP and one of the top teams on his side, Booker's gaming skills proved too much for Ayton.
The Suns' All-Star guard opened up a double-digit lead with a huge third-quarter performance, nearly forcing Ayton to bow out early.
The second-year center did end up playing the fourth quarter, but his sizeable deficit ultimately proved too challenging to overcome.