Mavericks beat Suns despite NBA's coronavirus hiatus — well, not exactly

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The NBA season might be suspended, but the Suns and Mavericks played out their scheduled matchup on "NBA2K" via Twitch.

Coronavirus has led to the indefinite postponement of the NBA after Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell tested positive on Thursday.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the season will not resume for at least 30 days amid the global pandemic, which continues to disrupt sport.

The Suns, however, still gave fans their basketball fix, albeit virtually by using video game "NBA 2K20" on Friday.

The Suns will mirror their season on live streaming platform Twitch, and the Mavericks were Phoenix's first opponent — the two teams were scheduled to meet on the court in Dallas on Saturday.

With the NBA on hiatus, Dallas star Luka Doncic — in the virtual world — posted 50 points and tallied 19 assists as the Mavs beat the Suns, 150-136.

"NBA 2K20" streamer Antonio Saldivar, who represented the Suns as "UniversalPhenom," told ESPN: "We are going to continue to play games.

"Might not be me playing every time, maybe someone bigger — hint, hint — maybe someone else, but we are working to always have me involved."

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