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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton scored 18 factors to steer the group to an 82-68 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday within the quarterfinals of the 2018 NBA Summer time League on the Thomas & Mack Heart in Las Vegas.
Sexton, the quantity 8 general choose within the 2018 NBA Draft, additionally issued six assists to assist the Cavaliers guide a spot within the semifinals the place they are going to face the defending summer time league champions Los Angeles Lakers, a 101-78 winner over the Detroit Pistons.
Holland, Sexton Shine For Cavaliers
John Holland led the Cavaliers with 23 factors, Billy Preston and Scoochie Smith added 10 factors apiece, whereas Okaro White tallied 10 boards for the Cavaliers, who went 27-of-66 from the ground for 40.9 %.
The Cavs bought the win with out Ante Zizic and Cedi Osman. The Cavaliers gave Zizic a day without work following his journey to Croatia to assist his nation within the World Cup finals. Osman is anticipated to be sidelined within the NBA Summer time League after spending his summer time taking part in with the Turkish nationwide group.
Chris Boucher completed with 18 factors, Malachi Richardson and Alfonzo McKinnie contributed 14 factors every, and Giddy Potts added 12 factors for the Raptors, who shot simply 25-of-81 from the ground for a dismal 30.9 %.
Sexton Residing Up To Expectations
Within the 2018 NBA Summer time League, Sexton has been residing as much as expectations because the quantity 8 general choose and a doable alternative for LeBron James, who joined the Los Angeles Lakers lately.
Getting into the sport, Sexton is averaging 18.4 factors and three.2 assists per recreation in 5 contests. In opposition to the Raptors, Sexton confirmed his playmaking abilities that might make the distinction for the Cavaliers subsequent season.
Nonetheless, the one concern about Sexton’s play was his capturing. He completed 6-of-14 from the ground and missed all of his two makes an attempt from past the three-point arc.
Sexton scored eight factors within the first half, however the Raptors grabbed a 39-37 lead on the break. Regardless of nursing an eye fixed harm that he sustained within the first half, Sexton helped the Cavaliers turned the shut combat right into a rout as they outscored the Raptors, 21-4, within the third interval.
Based mostly on Sexton’s efficiency within the NBA Summer time League, Andre Snellings of ESPN stated the Cavaliers rookie has an opportunity to change into the focus of the group’s offense sooner or later.
“He confirmed some helpful abilities in Vegas, each as a scorer and as a creator, however must work on his long-range capturing and passing capability to attain his most influence on the professional stage,” Snellings says.
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