Cleveland, Ohio – Kyrie Who?
With Irving in the building – making his second return to the Rocket hostage fieldhouse since being asked for a trade in 2017, one that was the beginning of the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference dynasty and saw Iring as a minor villain from assassin killer Changed – Crown Jewel of that blockbuster trade buried the Brooklyn Nets.
Colin Sexton replaced a much-anticipated performance in his Magnum Opus with a barrage of late-morning 3-pointers, which led the Cavs to a 147–135 double-overtime win, while “Cole-Lynn Sex- Ton ”changed throughout the region.
It was Irving, the late-game killer, who shot the biggest shot in franchise history, reaching among Cleveland’s loyalists. Now that role is that of Sexton, who came to the city as a result of the summer blockbuster of 2017 with the Boston Celtics and then boldly chose to wear Irving’s old No. 2.
It was quite impersonal.
Sexton scored 42 points on a score of 16 -29 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point range due to a sprained ankle due to a five-game absence in his first game. Sexton netted seven points in the first overtime, with 1.2 seconds left to tie a 3-pointer to Irving’s face. Sexton then took 15 more points in the second overtime, answering every Brooklyn bucket. At one point, the third-year guard scored 20 consecutive points for the Cavs.
“He played out of his mind,” the Cavs forward Seidy Osman, who scored 25 points and helped clear the offense as quickly as possible, while Sexton was shaking from the rust. “It was amazing.”
Bad feelings for Irving have spread over time. This became apparent early in the first quarter, as fans gathered and applauded after a celebratory video tribute. It is easy to move when the clutch – or someone else – moves to the clutch. Instead of mourning, who is no longer here, staring at the banner helping to hang Irner and wondering if the franchise could ever return to that location, the Cavs continue to provide reasons for hope. This season and in the future. Sexton is at the center of that.
Wednesday was the latest example. Playing against a league favorite player who recently added James Harden, the Write-Off Cavs did not return, they were not blinded by a trio of Brooklyn stars and did not allow the Nets’ 10-10 shooting to bury them. Start. Instead, the Cavs did what they did all season: working hard, with purpose, as a connected team.
Sexton then took over.
He outscored both Durant, who netted a Nets-high 38 points and Irving, who finished with 37 in 15-of-28 shooting.
Irving was a portrait of the glory years when the Cavs were at the peak of the NABA. This was a beginning. His first game since a two-week hiatus due to personal reasons, Irving opened the game with an offensive foul, trying to work the way Sexton had in the past. Then came another turnover – an ill-advised pass by Andre Drummond.
But Irving finally settled down. Playing in the city where he became a multi-time all-star and delivered countless memories, few flashbacks were more than moments. His corner 3-pointer, directly in front of the Cavs’ bench, cut the lead to 14 points at one time with 4:22 remaining. His game-tie putback with a minute to go.
The ball was in his hands as of late, Irving had a chance to play hero. He snatched a deflection after Sexton’s turnover and began to fumble the floor with a downward clock motion. Irving charged towards the basket and caught Sexton in the face with an elbow, initially called an offensive foul before challenging Steve Nash. Jumpball was tapped by Durant and the clock expired, sending the game to OT, where Sexton shined.
Head coach JB Bakerstaff said, “Coleen has proven time and time again against all his dubbers that he is not afraid of big moments, and he likes pressure-filled moments.” He said, “Not everyone in our league dares to do so tonight. Not everyone in our league has the ability to do what he did tonight. Credit their flexibility to the entire team and stay in it through some difficult times. But Colin Sexton brought us home tonight. “
The Cavs used to be the Nets – a collection of stars with the ability to erase early game mistakes and overwhelm opponents with talent. It looked like there was going to be a difference for Brooklyn of late, stealing a win with Harden Drive, Durant Jumpers and Errati Bucket.
Not at this time. Not with Sexton. All of Irving could smile, laugh, and shake his head, the same reactions to opponents after their individual scoring outbursts.
“I’ve definitely accepted the challenge,” Sexton said. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy – because it’s Kyrie.”
The two players will be linked forever. But such nights allowed Sexton to step out of that shadow and begin to forge his legacy.
The Cavs were without Darius Garland for the eighth consecutive game because of a right shoulder. Garland attended practice on Monday and Tuesday, a positive sign for a comeback that is getting closer. But the Cavs wanted to be cautious with the young point guard. Dylan Winder has recovered from his fractured left hand, but a clerical issue – tied to signing Yogi Farrell with hard work last Monday – kept him from suing.
The Cavs will host the Nets once again on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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