Collin Sexton vs the Nets: Collin Sexton scored 42 points against the Brooklyn Nets last night to help guide the Cavs to a win that nobody expected them to pick up. If Fred McLeod (RIP) were still around, he would have been yelling ‘Sexton went video game on them!” It was one of the late broadcaster’s signature phrases, using it when a player is doing things almost deceiving to the human eye.
Collin scored 20 points in the overtime periods alone, and drew significant praise from the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the postgame press conferences. It was a night he will never forget.
Collin Sexton vs the Nets: This isn’t Collin’s First Rodeo
If you watch the Cavs every night as I do, you know that there will usually be at least one stretch in the game where Collin gets hot and guides the Cavs to large scoring runs. Coming into this game, he was averaging better than 23 points per contest, hitting roughly 52% of his attempts.
The really impressive part of Sexton’s huge scoring effort, was that he had missed the previous five games with an ankle injury. He had been out for exactly two weeks prior to putting up this monster scoring night. He played 38 of 58 minutes, shooting 16-29 from the floor (5-11 from three), pouring in 42.
As the 2019-20 season hit March, Sexton turned it up to another gear. He scored 32 points (11-17 FG) against Utah on March 2, before scoring 41 against Boston just two nights later, marking the first time in his young career that he topped the 40-point plateau. He shot 17-30 in that game, also dishing out six assists.
In the final three games of last season, he scored 25, 25, and 26 points, continuing to shoot the ball well. In the loss to Chicago on March 10th, which marked the final day before the NBA shutdown, he shot an impressive 12-16 from the floor.
Collin Sexton vs the Nets: Collin is Now Comparable to Lebron James
Mentioning LeBron James in a Collin Sexton article? Zach, are you perhaps a little too excited? While I am very excited about Collin’s performance and what it will mean for his upside, this comparison is by no means out of bounds.
On May 31, 2007, the Cavs were facing a must-win scenario against the mighty Detroit Pistons in the conference finals. And as game 5 wound down, LeBron James decided to just go crazy. In a 2OT win, he scored the Cavs final 25 points, and 29 of 30 overall. This type of scoring outburst is not common, especially by a guy in his fourth NBA season, just 22 years of age.
Fast forward 4,253 days, and a 22-year-old Cavs standout player is at it again. The Cavs were in a tight battle with the mighty Nets, a team that featured their three-star lineup of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden for the first time. Sexton really did not care about this, going video game on the Nets to help the Cavs to a win.
He scored 20 straight points, beginning with the game-tying three at the end of the first overtime. And when the second overtime began, he just forgot how to miss, hitting shots in everybody’s face. He is the first Cav since LeBron to put on a scoring clinic like this, and he even had non-Cleveland media members foaming at the mouth. That’s how impressive this was.
Collin Sexton vs the Nets: Sign of Things to Come?
Going back to last season, Collin Sexton has now scored 20+ points in 14 consecutive games. You don’t find this type of consistency often, and it proves that he’s a budding star in the NBA.
The fact that he just scored 40+ points playing for the first time in three weeks against a team that is supposed to win the NBA Finals, is just insane. The Cavs would not have been the position they were without their stout defense for the first 42 minutes of regulation. So, give the entire team credit.
As a unit, they never gave up. Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince had terrific debuts. And when they needed the Young Bull to take over, he put his horns down and did his thing. An incredible night from Collin Sexton helped lift the Cavs to one of their most impressive wins in recent memory.
The fact that more people lauded the Cavs on Twitter, than disparaged the Nets is very telling. This Cleveland team is on the rise, and people across the Twitterverse (and world) are starting to take note.