Collin Sexton didn’t dribble with the creative circulate of Kyrie Irving as he destroyed the Nets in double-overtime, however his pull-up jumpers and drives in opposition to Irving and Kevin Durant carried a deadly dose.
Within the span of 1:31, Sexton scored 11 factors on his personal, together with three 3-pointers within the face of Brooklyn defenders. He completed the sport with a career-high 42 factors, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and only one turnover in 38 minutes as his Cavaliers beat the Nets 147-135.
The efficiency got here because the Nets performed their first recreation with Irving, Durant and newly acquired James Harden on the ground collectively, spoiling an evening by which Irving scored 37 factors of his personal.
Sexton, now in his third NBA season, is not far eliminated from being a rookie subjected to vitriol from his personal teammates. Again then, Cavaliers veterans anonymously ripped him to the media and mentioned he did not “know play.” His teammates Wednesday night time doused him in water and shouted, “Yeah, boy!”
Sexton is now firmly a part of Cleveland’s long-term plans, representing one-half of its backcourt of the long run alongside Darius Garland. He is a flawed participant — his handles want work and his protection stays shaky — however is somebody value his group’s funding.
Sexton is averaging 27 factors per recreation following the dominant efficiency in opposition to the Nets, which additionally included the game-tying shot on the finish of the primary additional time. He caught the eye of individuals across the NBA with the scoring outburst.
Collin Sexton simply single-handedly lit $114 million on fireplace. my god.
— Wobin Sexton (@WorldWideWob) January 21, 2021