Devin Booker won the NBA 2K20 Players Tournament on Saturday night, sweeping Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the best-of-three final.
â€œI played a lot growing up,â€ Booker said. â€œIt’s all about timing and eye coordination.â€
ESPN broadcast the three-day, 16-player Xbox One competition. The last NBA games were played March 11, the day Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
Bookerâ€™s Houston Rockets topped Aytonâ€™s Los Angeles Lakers 72-62 in Game 1 and the star guard directed the Denver Nuggets to a 74-62 victory over thee Milwaukee Bucks in the second.
â€œAnyone who thinks they can play 2K, let’s get it,â€ Booker said.
Booker earned a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of his choice. Seeded fifth, he beat Denver’s Michael Porter Jr., Washington’s Rui Hachimura and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell to reach the final – also sweeping those matchups.
Ayton topped Chicago’s Zach LaVine, Atlanta’s Trae Young and the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, using his own Suns to top Beverley in the semifinals.
â€œI said in the beginning that it was going to be Deandre and I in the championship – and that’s the way it ended up,â€ Booker said.
The players were seeded by their NBA 2K player ratings.