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Donovan Mitchell Couldn’t Complete 4th Quarter Rally, Suffers Loss In First Round Of NBA 2K Tournament

Apr 5, 2020, 6:21 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2020, 12:24 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell couldn’t send the game to overtime, falling 74-71 to Washington Wizards rookie forward Rui Hachimura in the first round of the NBA 2K Players Tournament.

Trailing by two points entering the fourth quarter, Mitchell rallied in the fourth and had a lead a couple of times before Hachimura pulled off the win.

Mitchell was down by three with 4 seconds left when Hachimura missed the second free throw and the Jazz guard couldn’t get the three to go.

Hachimura played with the Los Angeles Lakers while Mitchell was the Brooklyn Nets.

NBA 2K and the NBA Players Association created a 16-player tournament that features only NBA players. The goal was to keep fans entertained while the sports world is on pause due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

The rules for the tournament includes all games being played on All-Star difficulty, six minute quarters and all players are playing on an Xbox One from their homes with a camera.

The first two rounds are single elimination with the third round and the championship round being a best of three series.

Another rule is that each player is given a list of 8 teams in the NBA. You can only play with one team once. That was why Mitchell played with the Nets and not the Jazz because he wanted to use them in later rounds.

The seeding was based off of the players’ overall rating in the video game and tenure in the league. Mitchell was a No. 4 seed with Hachimura as the No. 13 seed. Nets star Kevin Durant was the No. 1 seed but lost his first round matchup to Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr.

Hachimura will face the winner of Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker and Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.

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