Less than a month ago, Donald Sloan was with the Erie Bayhawks; Lester Hudson, with the Austin Toros. On Sunday night, Cleveland’s makeshift backcourt nearly willed the Wine and Gold to an overtime win in New Jersey.

With Kyrie Irving, the odds-on favorite for Rookie of the Year, back in Cleveland nursing an injured shoulder, the D-League duo has been a revelation to a Cavaliers club that limped into their recent roadie.

Hudson’s heroics sent the Easter Sunday affair to overtime. But his attempt in the extra-session drew back iron, giving the Nets the 122-117 win.