Nets vs Cavs: Kyrie Irving’s return spoiled with double OT loss

It was the perfect comeback scenario for Kyrie Irving. After missing seven games due to personal reasons, the All-Star point guard made his return to the Brooklyn Nets. With the Nets vs Cavs up next on the schedule, Irving was able to make his return against the former team he won an NBA championship in 2016. Instead, Irving’s return was spoiled with a double-overtime, 147-135 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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There were nearly two players that finished with a triple-double, one 42-point outburst, and a fourth-quarter comeback. If you were looking for offense, this was the place to be on Wednesday night. 

The triple-double effort

  • James Harden recorded his second triple-double with the Nets in his third game with the team. 
  • His effort of 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists were not enough. 
  • Kevin Durant finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks. 

Irving makes his return for Nets vs Cavs

  • Irving dazzled in his return with 37 points on 15-of-28 shooting. 
  • While his assists were down, three for the game, he looked like he was ready to return to basketball. 
  • Irving has missed the last seven games due to what he called family matters and personal reasons. 

A 42-point outburst

  • Collin Sexton is taking on a new role in his third season in Cleveland. 
  • Sexton finished the game leading all scorers with 42 points on 16-of-29 shooting. 
  • He also had five rebounds and five assists to go with a +14 rating on the court. 
  • He also had a spectacular block on Durant as he tried to score in the lane.

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The Nets nearly missed out on overtime but outscored the Cavaliers 35-26 in the final quarter to send things to the extra period. However, Sexton outplayed Irving in overtime to lead Cleveland. 

Sexton outplayed Irving in Nets vs Cavs

Sexton scored 15 points in the second overtime. Most of those points came with Irving guarding him. Sexton hit two three-point shots and assisted Taureen Prince in a matter of 55 seconds. That was enough of a run to help Cleveland separate themselves from the Nets. 

Ran out of gas

Joe Harris was the lone member of the bench that put up big minutes. Harris played 42 minutes but scored just six points. The bench as a whole scored 10 points, while three other members of the Nets bench played 12 minutes or less. Harden and Durant played 51 and 50 minutes respectively, while Irving played 48 minutes. The lack of depth was going to be an issue, we knew that, but it showed its true colors tonight. 

Looking ahead

The Nets will get a chance at revenge on Friday as the team takes on the Cavaliers again. The Nets dropped to 9-6, while the Cavaliers improved to 7-7. 

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