Sexton Catches Fire to Upset New-Look Nets in Double Overtime Thriller


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CLEVELAND, OH -- A blockbuster trade sent superstar guard James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets last week, and he made his Nets debut on Wednesday night against a young and pesky Cavaliers team. Down by double digits in the fourth quarter, the visiting Brooklyn Nets caught a rhythm on their way to an impressive comeback. After forcing overtime, the Nets jumped out to a quick 5-point lead but were unable to hang onto it for long. Down by three points in the waning seconds of overtime, Collin Sexton raised up and knocked down a game-tying triple to for a second overtime. The third year guard out of Alabama looked unconscious from beyond the arc in both overtime periods, leading the Cavaliers to a 147-135 upset over a stacked Brooklyn Nets squad.

Collin Sexton did not care who was guarding him in the second overtime, knocking down shot after shot over anybody and everybody. Sexton drained five three pointers out of six shots taken in overtime, the one non-three pointer coming off a fade away jumper over former Cavalier Kyrie Irving. The Young Bull cruised to a career high 42 points on 16-29 shooting, including 5-11 beyond the arc.

In their first game since being dealt to Cleveland, Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen made a direct impact off of the bench. Allen showed resilience off of the bench, protecting the rim with vengeance while knocking down open looks of the offensive end. Prince, fourth year forward out of Baylor, was locked in off the bench on his way to 17 points.

The Cavaliers and Nets will run it back on Friday evening when the Big Brooklyn Three will look for revenge. Cleveland and Brooklyn are set for a 7:30 pm ET tip-off at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday. Check out highlights from tonight's game below!