Sexton played his first game for the Cavaliers since January 6th after being out with a left ankle sprain.
Despite all the debate over who would be the one the Nets would go to in clutch moments between Harden, Kyrie or Durant, it was the 21 year old Sexton who proved to be the clutchest player on the court.
The 2008 eighth draft pick hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force the game to double overtime.
Sexton scored 20 straight points across the two periods of overtime to completely take over the game, hitting big threes over Irving, Harden, and even Kevin Durant.
It was a well-deserved victory that saw the Nets players who were traded to Cleveland shine against their former teams.
Taurean Prince came off the bench to give 17 points and went 3-5 from beyond the arc including a dagger in the second half of overtime to put the Cavs up 14 with a minute left.
Jarrett Allen also had a great game for the Cavs against his former team. Allen came off the bench to give 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
The Nets’ big three still, however, put up good numbers. Durant led the Nets in scoring, getting 38 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Irving would get 37 points shooting 53.6% from the field in his return after missing seven games. Harden gave another triple-double, 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.
The Nets should improve the more their big three all play together. The two teams face each other again Friday night.
Sexton has had his critics in his short NBA career. Wednesday night’s performance was unquestionably the brightest he has shone in a Cavs uniform so far. For the first time since LeBron James left, there’s legitimate cause for optimism in Cleveland.