Kyrie Irving wondering when he first faced Kobe Bryant in the NBA (1:51)

CLEVELAND – – It took Kyrie Irving some time The redesigned nets will take some too

Irving returned from his personal “hiatus”, scoring 37 points in his first game with Kevin Durant and James Harden, but Brooklyn’s “Big 3” couldn’t keep up with Cleveland’s Collin Sexton, who scored 42 points and the Cavaliers to one led 147-135 double overtime win on Wednesday evening

Sexton made four 3-pointers – most of them via Irving – and scored 15 points in the second OT.He dropped two 3s and fed Taurean Prince for another in a dizzying 55 second span when Cleveland put him away

“He went crazy,” said Cavs striker Cedi Osman, who scored 25 points. “It was wonderful”

While it was hard to lose, Irving was impressed with Sexton, who looked very much like Irving during one of his tears

‘”Two overtime back for my first game?” said Irving, who hit a career high for 48 minutes in his first game since January 5 “You must love the NBA ball though. I smiled when Collin Sexton took this shot”

Durant scored 38 points and Harden added 21 when Brooklyn’s superstar trio scored 96 points in their first game together, but it wasn’t enough to survive Sexton, who missed Cleveland’s last five games with a sprained ankle

The Cavs threw some exotic defenses on the nets that didn’t get Irving back to training until Tuesday and didn’t have time to work on much

“Look, this is the first night,” said Brooklyn trainer Steve Nash, “We seemed a little lost at times We were a little flat and at times disjointed”

When Sexton put down one big shot after another in the second OT, the players at Cleveland’s Bank delightedly pitted against each other to Prince, who was acquired as part of the four-team deal that brought Harden to Brooklyn, scored on his Cavs- Debut 17 points and Larry Nance Jr had 15

Sexton will forever be linked to Irving He was selected by Cleveland with the 2017 draft pick the Boston Cavs received in trade for Irving in 2017

“I definitely accepted the challenge,” said Sexton. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy – because it’s Kyrie”

Irving had missed Brooklyn’s last seven games and was on Jan. Departed Jan. 7 to address some issues he failed to identify when speaking to reporters Tuesday, Irving just said he needed space to solve some problems and find a balance in his life

In his absence, the Nets have rocked the league by closing the blockbuster deal for Harden, whose arrival made Brooklyn a favorite for removing Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference and a real NBA title threat – maybe

Before the game, Nash admitted to being “curious” about how his trio of superstars would align on the ground

“But I’m in no hurry,” he said, emphasizing that it may take Durant, Irving, and Harden some time to figure something out

The nets are indeed in the works There were moments of sloppiness, misunderstanding, and even confusion as Brooklyn’s players tried to find some cohesion in just Harden’s third game

The nets overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and after Irving’s setback brought it to 113 points with 1:10. In the first OT, Sexton hit a 3- after Durant’s free throws had brought the nets to 127-124. Pointer from above over Irving with 1 2 seconds remaining Durant’s last chance, a contested 3-pointer on the horn, was short

In the second quarter, Sexton went back on the defensive and flicked the ball cleanly away from Durant as he got involved in an escape

Irving’s return to the Nets was also only his second game in Cleveland since being traded by the Cavs after the 2017 season, oddly enough, Irving had missed his team’s every previous visit to Ohio since his debut with the Boston Celtics four years ago / p>
It was Irving’s Springer late in Game 7 that helped the Cavs win the 2016 title, and the team greeted him with a video tribute to Many of the 2 in the first quarter000 fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse stood up to greet Irving, who touched his chest and waved in appreciation

Nets: Harden Added 12 Assists and 10 Rebounds As a successful goalscorer and volume scorer, Harden failed to shoot in the first quarter Brooklyn made its first 10 shots but let the Cavs score 17 hits in the first and second quarters

Cavaliers: G Darius Garland left out with a sprained right shoulder He could be back Friday G / F Dylan Windler will be back on Friday after pausing since opening night when he broke his left hand

While the nets were initially taken by surprise by Irving’s vacation, the team is determined to help him

Nash believes that it is his responsibility as Irving’s coach and Brooklyn’s job as his team to do whatever it takes to help Irving in all possible ways ”

“It’s more important than basketball,” said Nash. “We can be a protective layer for him”

The nets hang around Cleveland for a few days. They’ll be back playing the Cavs on Friday night

Paul George cuts the heart of the defense of the kings and presses it down with two hands

Marcus Morris Sr. lofts it in the basket, and Paul George completes the alley with a two-handed flush

Steph Curry meanders through the defenders in the alley and somehow creates an incredible pass for the alley to James Wiseman

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