The 2022 NBA G League Playoffs presented by Google Pixel are underway, featuring the top 12 teams from the G League’s regular season. Six teams from the Eastern Conference and six teams from the Western Conference will compete in the single-elimination tournament, with the top two teams from both conferences receiving byes. The NBA G League Finals presented by YouTube TV will not be single elimination, instead being played in a best-of-3 format from April 12 to April 17. It all began with the Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday, April 5.
No. 4 Capital City Go-Go 131, No. 5 College Park Skyhawks 122
The No. 4 Capital City Go-Go secured a wire-to-wire home victory over the No. 5 College Park Skyhawks to advance to the Conference Semifinals against the top-seeded Raptors 905 on Thursday. Jordan Goodwin led the way for the Go-Go, finishing with 26 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Jaime Echenique (22 PTS), Joel Ayayi (21 PTS), and Jordan Schakel (21 PTS) also chipped in 20+ points on the evening as Capital City earned the first Playoffs win in franchise history. Big man Justin Tillman led all scorers with 30 points and added 14 rebounds for the Skyhawks, who cut the lead down to one at one point but were unable to take the lead themselves. The loss snaps an 11-game winning streak for College Park.
Capital City takes on Raptors 905 on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 pm/ET on NBA TV.
No. 3 Delaware Blue Coats 133, No. 6 Long Island Nets 116
Myles Powell scored 17 points in the first half and finished with 25 points as the No. 3 Blue Coats advanced to the Conference Semifinals with a win over the No. 6 Nets. Jaden Springer led Delaware in scoring with 26 points, while newly-named Player of the Week Charles Bassey chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Tyrone Wallace led all scorers with 28 points for Long Island, while David Duke Jr. chipped in 21 points of his own.
Delaware advances to take on the No. 2 Motor City Cruise in Detroit on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 pm/ET on ESPNU.
No. 5 Texas Legends 115, No. 4 Birmingham Squadron 100
The No. 5 Legends became the first road team to win in the Conference Quarterfinals, using a 42-25 fourth quarter to come from behind and top the No. 4 Squadron. Point guard Carlik Jones nearly posted a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds while also adding 3 steals. Justin Jackson scored 24 points for Texas, which secured its first-ever Playoffs victory in franchise history. Jared Harper was a dynamic scorer for Birmingham, finishing the game with 28 points and 5 3-pointers to lead all scorers, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Texas comeback.
Texas advances to take on the top-seeded Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Thursday, April 7 at 8 pm/ET on ESPNews.
No. 3 South Bay Lakers 134, No. 6 Santa Cruz Warriors 123
The No. 3 Lakers held off numerous rallies in the second half to top the No. 6 Warriors and advance. Mac McClung paced South Bay with 27 points and 10 assists in his Playoffs debut. Mason Jones drained a triple just four seconds into the game to open the scoring and finished with 24 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, while Chaundee Brown Jr. chipped in 21 points of his own in the win. Kendall Smith led the way for Santa Cruz with 25 points and 4 assists. Jerome Robinson (19 PTS, 10 AST) and Selom Mawugbe (19 PTS, 13 REB) both contributed double-doubles for Santa Cruz.
South Bay advances to take on the No. 2 Agua Caliente Clippers on Thursday, April 7 at 10 pm/ET on NBA TV.