Collin Sexton did not dribble with the artistic flow of Kyrie Irving as he destroyed the Nets in double-overtime, but his pull-up jumpers and drives against Irving and Kevin Durant carried a lethal dose.
In the span of 1:31, Sexton scored 11 points on his own, including three 3-pointers in the face of Brooklyn defenders. He finished the game with a career-high 42 points, five rebounds, five assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes as his Cavaliers beat the Nets 147-135.
The performance came as the Nets played their first game with Irving, Durant and newly acquired James Harden on the floor together, spoiling a night in which Irving scored 37 points of his own.
Sexton, now in his third NBA season, isn’t far removed from being a rookie subjected to vitriol from his own teammates. Back then, Cavaliers veterans anonymously ripped him to the media and said he didn’t “know how to play.” His teammates Wednesday night doused him in water and shouted, “Yeah, boy!”
Sexton is now firmly part of Cleveland’s long-term plans, representing one-half of its backcourt of the future alongside Darius Garland. He’s a flawed player — his handles need work and his defense remains shaky — but is someone worth his organization’s investment.
Sexton is averaging 27 points per game following the dominant performance against the Nets. He caught the attention of people around the NBA with the scoring outburst.
Collin Sexton just single-handedly lit $114 million on fire. my god.
— Wobin Sexton (@WorldWideWob) January 21, 2021