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Donovan Mitchell Falls to Rui Hachimura in ESPN NBA 2K Players Tournament

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 28: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Rui Hachimura #8 of the Washington Wizards hug after a game on February 28, 2020 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Turns out the virtual Los Angeles Lakers are tough to beat as well.

Rui Hachimura used the Purple and Gold and defeated Donovan Mitchell 74-71 in the opening round of the 16-player NBA 2K bracket Sunday. Mitchell, who was the No. 4 seed in a bracket determined by NBA 2K player rankings, used the Brooklyn Nets but couldn't stop the combination of LeBron James and Anthony Davis when the game was on the line.

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Yessir good game😂✊🏾 @spidadmitchell https://t.co/ommeZTq6NX

Spencer Dinwiddie could have tied it at the buzzer, but his three-pointer rimmed out.

There was some strategy involved, as each player had to choose from the eight teams they selected. The catch was players can only use a team one time, so they had to weigh using the best ones early or saving them for later in the single-elimination tournament.

Mitchell chose from a list that included his own Utah Jazz, as well as the Golden State Warriors, Lakers, Miami Heat, Nets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics.

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🎮 @NBA2K Players Tournament 🎮 @rui_8mura punishes the rim with @KingJames! 📺: #NBA2KTourney on ESPN2 https://t.co/m486iJH96z

Hachimura's list featured his own Washington Wizards, as well as the Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Clippers, Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

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The Wizards forward built a four-point halftime lead as Mitchell tried switching different defenders to guard James. The King, much like he does in actual games, bullied his way to the rim with relative ease and created shots for himself and others as the No. 13 seed took early control of the game.

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Rui takes a real life water break 🤣 He got a waterboy and everything https://t.co/aFSQUnBbWR

To Mitchell's credit, he battled back and took the lead in the third quarter before a nail-biter finish.

Kevin Durant caught fire down the stretch, started trading baskets with LeBron and threw down a monster slam dunk in crunch time. However, Hachimura took the lead for good with a James breakaway basket and Davis and-1 to go up five points in the final 50 seconds.

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.@spidadmitchell punches one with KD 🥊🤯 https://t.co/fhVcjunmWI

Mitchell stuck around and had a chance to tie it but couldn't drill the final three-pointer.

Hachimura will face the winner of the game between Devin Booker and Michael Porter Jr. in the second round.

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