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Young Bull Cuts Down the Nets


WRAP-UP

Much of the attention headed into Wednesday night’s matchup focused on the player who used to wear uniform No. 2 for the Cavaliers. When the smoke cleared, it was the kid who wears that numeral now who stole the show.

Returning from a five-game absence with an ankle injury, Collin Sexton simply caught fire in the second overtime – scoring 15 of his 42 points in the extra-extra session, drilling four of his five triples and sending the new-look Nets to the showers, taking the 147-135 thriller at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Young Bull saved his best for last – splashing home his first bomb of the night with 1.2 seconds remaining in the first overtime to tie the game at 127-apiece. In the second OT, the third-year guard from Alabama was utterly unstoppable, going 5-of-6 from the floor as the Wine & Gold pulled away, outscoring Brooklyn, 20-8, in the extra five minutes.

Wednesday’s game was billed as the debut of Brooklyn’s new “big three” of Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant – playing in their first game as a group. The trio didn’t disappoint – Durant led the Nets with 36 points and Irving added 33. Harden, who attempted just two shots in the first half, still tallied a triple-double with 21 points, 10 boards and a game-high 12 assists.

All five Nets starters scored in double-figures, but for the Cavs, every player who saw action except rookie Isaac Okoro notched double-figure scoring – including all three reserves, two of whom were making their Cavaliers debuts.

Cedi Osman notched his second straight 25-point game, going 9-for-17 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long-range, adding seven boards and a team-high seven assists.

Taurean Prince, acquired by Cleveland in the deal that brought Harden to Brooklyn, came off the bench to net 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep, adding seven rebounds and four assists.

Jarrett Allen, the other player from that deal, doubled-up with 12 points, a game-high 11 boards and four of the Cavaliers six blocked shots in 31 active minutes off the bench.

Larry Nance Jr. chipped in with 15 points, going 3-of-5 from long-range, adding eight boards, five assists and four steals to add to his NBA lead.

Andre Drummond rounded out the Cavs starters in double-figures – finishing with 13 points – but he failed to extend his double-double streak with seven boards and three assists.

Damyean Dotson had another solid scoring effort – coming off the bench to net 15 points, going 6-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Miss any of the action? Find all the highlights and photos in the Game Tracker.


HIGHLIGHT

Collin Sexton caught fire on double-overtime, hitting big basket after big basket, including scoring 20 points in a row.


TURNING POINT

The Cavaliers led by a dozen points with 7:16 to play in regulation, but the high-octane Nets continued to chip away and finally tied the affair at 113-apiece on Kyrie Irving’s tip-in with 1:08 to play in regulation.

The Cavaliers trailed for much of the first overtime session, but Larry Nance Jr.’s triple with 46.8 to play tied the game at 120 and Collin Sexton’s bomb with 1.2 tied the game at 127 after Kevin Durant’s free throws gave Brooklyn a three-point edge.

In the second overtime, Sexton was simply too much for Steve Nash’s squad – scoring 15 of Cleveland’s 20 points in the period as the Cavs took the first of two against Brooklyn this week.


BY THE NUMBERS

By the Numbers20.3, .477, .387 … Cedi Osman’s scoring average, along with his shooting percentage and percentage from long-range over his last four games.

The fourth-year pro has is also averaging 5.6 assists per over his last eight games, handing out at least five dimes in five of those eight contests.


QUOTABLE

Collin Sexton, on his huge performance on Wednesday night …

"I kept having confidence in my self and my teammates kept having confidence in me, (saying): 'Those shots are going to fall, don’t worry about it, don’t press about it.' They kept telling me all the hard work I put in is gonna pay off, so just stay ready. So tonight, I just stayed ready and listened to my teammates and my coaches and just fed off them the entire game."


CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and Rafa Hernandez-Brito from Power 89.1.


UP NEXT

The Cavaliers wrap up their two-game set with Brooklyn on Friday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday night before hitting the road for a Sunday night showdown with the Celtics in Beantown.

The Wine & Gold return the following night, welcoming LeBron James and the World Champion Lakers to town on Monday. Cleveland stays home for a Wednesday night matchup with the Pistons before closing out the month with two on the road – next Friday night in New York and the following Sunday in Minneapolis.

Sexton Catches Fire in Overtime

Collin Sexton led the Cavs to a double-OT win on Wednesday with a 42-point outing, including 20 in a row in overtime where he knocked down clutch shot after clutch shot and handed out a pair of assists.

Cavs vs Nets - January 20, 2021

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Sexton Catches Fire in Overtime

Collin Sexton led the Cavs to a double-OT win on Wednesday with a 42-point outing, including 20 in a row in overtime where he knocked down clutch shot after clutch shot and handed out a pair of assists.
Jan 21, 2021  |  02:10

Verizon Game Rewind - Cavs vs Nets

The Cavs topped the Nets in double-overtime, 147-135, behind a career-high 42 points from Collin Sexton. Get Wednesday's highlights in the Game Rewind sponsored by Verizon.
Jan 20, 2021  |  06:29

Cedi Osman scores 25 points in 2OT thriller

Cedi Osman poured in 25 points for the second straight game as the Cavaliers top the Nets in a thriller on Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:01

Jarrett Allen Doubles Up in Cavs Debut

In his first game with the Wine & Gold, Jarrett Allen recorded a double-double in the win against Brooklyn, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:01

Feat. Highlight: Sexton Goes Off in OT

Collin Sexton goes off in double-overtime against the Nets, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot to help the Cavs top Brooklyn.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:25

Collin Sexton Ties it Late in OT

Collin Sexton hits two clutch baskets at the end of overtime, including a cold-blooded triple, to tie the game and send it to double-OT.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:56

Allen Crunches Home Put Back Dunk

Jarrett Allen rises up in the paint to catch a Cavs miss and throw down a two-handed put back slam in the fourth quarter.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:15

Prince Swats Shot at the Rim

Taurean Prince blocks his old teammate's shot at the rim in the second half against the Nets.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:18

Cedi Stays Hot, Scores in the Paint

Cedi Osman goes through traffic to the rim and scores to continue his hot shooting night.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:16

Sexton's Lay-Up, Dre's Dunk Extend Cavs Lead

Collin Sexton shows off his handles on the way to a lay-up while Andre Drummond finishes off the next possession with a two handed jam.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:33

Nance Starts the Play with a Steal, Finishes it with a Triple

Larry Nance Jr. starts the break with a steal, passes ahead to Isaac Okoro, who passes back to Nance who splashes home a three.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:21

Sexton's Acrobatic Shot in the Paint

Collin Sexton goes up-and-under his defender and scores in the closing seconds of the first half to put the Cavs ahead.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:27

Sexton Blocks KD on the Fastbreak

Kevin Durant thought he had an easy basket on the fast break, but Collin Sexton had other plans, going up and blocking Durant's shot attempt.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:21

Cedi Hits a Pair of Threes to Give Cavs the Lead

Cedi Osman hits a pair of three pointers at the end of the first quarter - including one he was fouled on - to give the Cavs the lead over the Nets.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:24

Allen's Big Block

Jarrett Allen makes his presence felt early in his Cavaliers debut. He rises up at the rim and sends back a Nets shot attempt.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:21

Okoro Drives and Dunks with Two-Hands

Isaac Okoro takes things into his own hands as he drives to the basket and dunks with two hands in the first quarter.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:13

Larry Nance Jr. with a Steal and Slam

Larry Nance Jr. continues to lead the league in steals with this one, as he goes coast-to-coast and finishes with a dunk.
Jan 20, 2021  |  00:16

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