NBA regular season

Collin Sexton carries Cavaliers past Nets again

Collin Sexton carries Cavaliers past Nets again

REPEAT. Nets star Kyrie Irving dribbles the ball up court as Cavs guard Collin Sexton defends in second-half action.

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Collin Sexton and the Cavaliers prove yet again that they’re better than the powerhouse Nets

Collin Sexton followed up the best game of his career by totaling 25 points and a season-high 9 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers took control in the 3rd quarter and posted a 125-113 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets Friday night, January 22 (Saturday, January 23, Philippine time).

Two nights after scoring a career-high 42 points in Cleveland’s wild 147-135 double overtime win over the Nets, Sexton helped the Cavaliers get their third straight win. He scored 8 points in the 3rd when Cleveland dominated by outscoring the Nets, 37-24, and forced 8 turnovers.

Former Net Jarrett Allen added 19 with a 7-of-9 shooting display that included a few dunks over former teammate Joe Harris. Andre Drummond posted his 13th double-double by collecting 19 points and 16 rebounds to help the Cavaliers to a commanding 70-44 margin in the paint.

Larry Nance Jr added 15 while former Net Taurean Prince contributed 14 for the Cavaliers, who shot 51.7% and outrebounded the Nets by a whopping 62-32 margin.

Kyrie Irving scored 38 points in his second game from a two-week absence but it was not enough for the Nets, who rested Kevin Durant ahead of the back end of a back-to-back against Miami. 

James Harden added 19 and 11 assists for the Nets, who shot 48.3% but also misfired on 29-of-43 three-point tries.

Brooklyn briefly held a 70-69 lead with 7:47 left on a three-pointer by Harden but Cleveland ripped off a 14-2 run for an 83-72 lead on a three-point play by Sexton 2 1/2 minutes later. 

After the Nets were within 91-84 on a triple by Jeff Green with 1:53 left, Cleveland scored the next 7 points and held a 98-84 lead into the 4th.

Brooklyn cut the deficit to 10 points 5 times in the 4th but each time Cleveland immediately scored. 

The Nets’ last 10-point deficit was 111-101 with 4:37 remaining on two free throws by Irving but Drummond hit a seven-footer in the lane on the next possession and following a missed three-pointer by Harden, Sexton connected with Isaac Okoro for a layup that made it 115-102 with 3:30 left and essentially sealed the win. –

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