LOS ANGELES (AP) – Collin Sexton scored 26 points, Darius Garland added 16 and the Cleveland Cavaliers led all the way in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 92-79 on Wednesday night.
It was the Cavs’ first road win against the Clippers since March 13, 2016.
Sexton took off on a fast break in the second quarter and threw down a slam dunk on Nicolas Batum that caught the attention of LeBron James.
“My goodness Young Bull!” James tweeted, using Sexton’s nickname. “With the left too.” Sexton joked, “He wasn’t expecting that one.”
“I’ve just been trying to lay the ball up. Coach has been pretty much telling me just go to the basket,” Sexton said. “I was just going and I took off.”
Evan Mobley had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his homecoming. The former Southern California star taken third overall in the draft has scored in double figures in all five games so far.
“Feels great to be back home,” Mobley said. “I had a lot of family cheering for me and it felt great playing in front of them.”
Mobley made an impression, too. He dunked over Ivica Zubac and later blocked his fellow seven-footer on a drive in the first quarter.
Batum scored a season-high 16 points and Reggie Jackson added 16 for the Clippers on a night when Paul George struggled. He missed his first seven shots and finished 6 of 20, went 0 for 8 from 3-point range, and had 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with four fouls. George, along with fellow starters Batum and Jackson, failed to score in the opening quarter.
“After a night like this, the only way is to get better,” George said.
Jackson added, “Yeah, they beat us up pretty good all around.”
Zubac dunked and scored on consecutive possessions to get the Clippers within four to start the fourth. But the Cavs outscored them 14-4 to extend their lead to 16 points.
The Clippers were coming off a 30-point rout of Portland on Monday, when they had 21 steals, 37 assists and forced 30 turnovers. That team didn’t show up against the Cavs.