Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton Joins LeBron James to Set a Breathtaking League Record

Published 01/21/2021, 12:28 AM EST
Jan 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) reacts beside Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) late in the second overtime at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets were the clear favorites ahead of their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the first time that their Big 3 were playing together.

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However, the end result was shocking for all. The game went into double-OT, and the Cavs beat the Nets 147-135 in a thrilling encounter.

The Big 3 combined for a crazy 96 points among them but still ended up losing. The Cavaliers did a tremendous job at their offense as they exposed the defensive woes in the Nets’ roster. The undisputed hero of the game for the Cavs was Collin Sexton. 

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The Cavaliers’ guard took the Brooklyn Nets by surprise 

The 22-YO Sexton, playing in his third season, defeated the team of multiple All-stars all on his own. He had missed the last five games for the Cavs and had just returned.

With Darius Garland and Dylan Windler already out, it was important for Sexton to start and give a worthy contribution. Well, that is exactly what he did.

Sexton added 15 points in the second OT out of his team’s 20. His 20 straight points in the OT also got him standing next to LeBron James’ rare record.

In 2007, during the EC finals Game 5, Bron had scored 25 straight points and totally dismantled the Pistons in double-OT. Coming back to Collin, the young man made the Nets defense look like a permeable mesh. He had a slow start to his game where he added 5 points in the first quarter and another 6 in the second. However, his performance matured with the game and he won the clutch like a future All-star.

Collin Sexton and his striking coincidences with Kyrie Irving

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The man of the hour, Sexton, dropped more than a couple of threes over Kyrie Irving. It was not that Ky was having a bad night as he had 17 points in the first half itself. Still, Sexton beat a pumped up Kyrie even as they were both coming back after missing a handful of games. 

Rewind back to Sexton’s draft in 2017. It was because of Kyrie’s trade to the Celtics that the Cavs could win a draft pick and select Sexton. Both these men sport a #2 jersey and are fond of making big shots. After losing the game, Ky himself said, “I was smiling when Collin Sexton was making those shots.”

Kyrie’s total of 37 points in 48 minutes of intense play went in vain, as did James Harden’s 21-point triple-double and Kevin Durant’s 38. All this, because a youngster was taking care of the backcourt and charging guns fearlessly.

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Do you think the Cavs can repeat the performance on Friday? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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