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The Cleveland Cavaliers are here, for real.

The Eastern Conference’s newest contender cemented their status as one of the NBA’s elite teams on Thursday (AEDT) with a 114-113 over the Boston Celtics in overtime.

With Darius Garland returning from injury, fans were able to see what a full-strength Cleveland team is going to look like after the blockbuster trade for Donovan Mitchell.

Garland finished with 29 points and 12 assists, while Mitchell made several big plays down the stretch on his way to 25 points.

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Cleveland acquired Mitchell from the Utah Jazz for three players and three-first round picks in the off-season, adding a closer to a young team that fell short when it mattered most last season.

Against Boston, Mitchell stood up, despite momentum being on Boston’s side after Jayson Tatum delivered a dunk of the season contender to level the scores and send the game to overtime.

Tatum finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks, while Jaylen Brown topscored with 30 points.

Cleveland is now 6-1 on the young season; the Cavs’ only loss coming in the first game of the season.

The Cavaliers’ other starters — Caris LeVert (15 points), Evan Mobley (15), and Jarrett Allen (14) — all finished in double digits.

“It means a lot,” Garland said of having Mitchell on the team. “… He’s been to the playoffs before, many times, so he’s bringing that knowledge to us.”

Garland added: “We’re just locked in… the coaches have a great game plan, we try to execute on defence and execute on offence, and see where the chips fall.”

DELLY’S BACK

The Matthew Dellavedova experience is well and truly back underway.

After securing a shock one-year deal with the Kings after a year with Melbourne United in the NBL, Dellavedova once again put together a trademark ‘pest’ performance on Thursday to help an understrength Sacramento team go toe-to-toe with Miami.

The Heat finished 110-107 winners, but Dellavedova was +1 in his 20 minutes off the bench as the Kings had to compete without De’Aaron Fox.

Dellavedova tallied five points, two rebounds and an assist, but forced turnovers on the defensive end, and helped a young Sacramento team stay afloat, before a Tyler Herro game-winner broke hearts.

So effective was Dellavedova that head coach Mike Brown put the Australian back into the game with less than a minute left to try stop the Heat offence.

“At the end of the day, you can have all the talent in the world, if you’re a winner and you have mental toughness and physical toughness, you can perform for anybody at any level,” Brown said about Dellavedova earlier this week.

“That’s what he brings to the table for us. He brings a leadership presence off the bench. He brings the understanding of what his role is; he embraces his role.

“He’s a guy that I know any time we call his number, he’s going to be ready to play.”

Dellavedova’s performance against the Heat was only his second appearance of the season — excluding his 34 seconds against Memphis — after he helped the Kings to a comeback win in Charlotte.

NBA SCORES

WASHINGTON 121 — 111 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

BOSTON CELTICS 113 — 114 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

SACRAMENTO KINGS 107 — 110 MIAMI HEAT

ATLANTA HAWKS 112 — 99 NEW YORK KNICKS

CHARLOTTE HORNETS 88 — 106 CHICAGO BULLS

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 109 — 101 HOUSTON ROCKETS

DETROIT PISTONS 91 — 116 MILWAUKEE BUCKS

TORONTO RAPTORS 143 — 100 SAN ANTONIO SPURS

UTAH JAZZ — DALLAS MAVERICKS

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — LOS ANGELES LAKERS

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