Isaiah Mobley’s game-high 23 points – which included a game-winning basket – led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-99 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets in an NBA 2K24 Summer League semifinal playoff game at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon.
The back-and-forth ball game started with a high-scoring first quarter as the Cavaliers emerged to take a 26-21 lead, but the Nets bounced back to narrow their deficit to one going into halftime. In the third period, Cleveland appeared to retake control, for good, by building its advantage back to 12 going into the fourth quarter. However a late rally by Brooklyn, punctuated by Armoni Brooks’ game-tying pullup three-pointer with 24.3 seconds remaining, forced overtime.
In the extra period, the Nets fought back from an early hole to get within one point of the Cavs before Mobley’s turnaround jumper put Cleveland over the 101 target score.
Jalen Wilson and Brooks co-led the Nets with 22 points apiece, with Wilson adding 11 rebounds and four assists, while Brooks posting three boards and one dime. Matt Lewis furnished 14 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block. RaiQuan Gray delivered 12 points, nine boards, three assists and one block. Kennedy Chandler delivered 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. David Duke Jr. managed 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Mobley added seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal. Rookie second-round pick Emoni Bates registered 20 points and seven boards. Sam Merrill tallied 19 points, five assists, four boards and one steal. Craig Porter netted 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Luke Travers generated an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double that included five assists, four blocks and one steal.
With the victory, the Cavaliers advance to the NBA 2K24 Summer League Championship Game on Monday night.