Donovan Mitchell can't handle virtual LeBron James in 'NBA 2K' Players Tournament

Written By Dan Bernstein
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On Friday, several "NBA 2K" Players Tournament competitors rode Giannis Antetokounmpo to victory.

Wizards forward Rui Hachimura had a different approach Sunday against Donovan Mitchell: Use LeBron James and the Lakers to overwhelm his counterpart.

Hachimura frustrated Mitchell by posting a 15-3-2 line with James in the first half alone. He repeatedly put James in the post and let him go to work. Mitchell, who chose the Nets as his team, could not produce the same early magic with Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving.

While Mitchell found some defensive stability against James in the second half with Jarrett Allen and got Durant into takeover mode late, James hit clutch free throws in the final seconds to help give Hachimura a 74-71 win.

Hachimura went crazy when Mitchell missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. He'll face the winner of Devin Booker vs. Michael Porter Jr. in the next round.

MORE: Updated Players Tournament bracket

Despite the dominance with video game James, Hachimura had to sweat out his victory, both literally and figuratively. He needed a towel to wipe his face after the first quarter. He exhaled, his heart racing, at the end of the fourth quarter.

Mitchell tweeted his emotions after the game, tagging Hachimura with a gif.

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