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Collin Sexton too much for KD, Kyrie and Harden, Cavs win in 2OT [UPDATE]

Cavaliers guard outdueled three Nets All-Stars with 42 points to give Cleveland boost on Wednesday night.

Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers smiles during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 20, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

Final Update — Sexton stole the show in overtime and finished with a game-high 42 points while KD and Irving finished with 38 and 37, respectively. Harden’s notched 21 points, 10 boards, and 12 assists in his second Brooklyn triple-double performance.

Overtime Update — Durant leads all scorers with 36 points and Irving trails him with 33. Harden is nearing his second Nets triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds. Collin Sexton sank this game-tying three to force double overtime.

Update — Irving and Durant scored 30 points apiece while Harden picked up his scoring to tally 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go along with 9 assists. The game is knotted up at 113, and we get some free, overtime basketball in this one.

The Brooklyn Nets started Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant for the first time this season on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the teams’ newest star has been underwhelming in his third game with the team. Harden scored just 2 points on a pair of free throws in the first half, and the Nets trail by 51-49 at the break.

Harden scored at least 30 points in each of his first two games with Brooklyn but has taken a step back in offensive aggression now that Irving is back. The Beard has remained an effective playmaker and rebounder with 4 assists and 5 boards but is 0-for-2 from the field. Irving and Durant have 17 and 11 points, respectively.

You’re not in great shape if you played Harden in DFS, thinking he could maintain his high ceiling alongside two co-stars, but there’s a chance he’ll pick things up in the second half. It seems like Harden could be comfortable being the Nets’ primary distributor while others do the scoring.