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Sexton, Garland help Cavs snap 4-game slide, beat Celtics

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“That’s the improvement and growth we’re looking for,” said Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr., who added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Cleveland played with a lead all night, but the Cavs had to hold off a second-half rally by Boston led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Tatum scored 29 points and Brown 28 for the Celtics, whose only lead was at 2-0.

With Cleveland clinging to a four-point lead, Garland hit a runner in the lane, and after a miss by Brown, Cavs rookie Isaac Okoro took a pass by Garland and threw down a vicious dunk and was fouled by Tatum.

Okoro had 15 points, including seven in the final quarter to help the Cavs hold on.

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