Cleveland led briefly in the third quarter after an early rally, but the Thunder took an 84-81 lead into the fourth.
Larry Nance Jr.’s dynamic dunk cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 89-87.
Schroder was whistled for a technical after he disagreed with an offensive foul call against him with 3:42 remaining and the Thunder leading 95-94. The play was reviewed and the offensive foul was reversed, but the technical still stood. Cleveland tied the game at 95 on a free throw by Love.
Schroder hit two free throws with just under a minute left to put Oklahoma City up by three. After a turnover by Cleveland, Schroder hit a corner 3-pointer with 28.3 seconds remaining to push the lead to 106-100.
Cavaliers: F/C Tristan Thompson sat out with a sore right quadriceps. John Henson got the start and finished with 11 rebounds. … Sexton scored 12 points in the first quarter. … Nance grabbed 10 rebounds as a reserve.
Thunder: G Terrance Ferguson missed eight straight games for personal reasons and returned to practice this week. Lu Dort got the start, but Ferguson entered in the first quarter. … Dort finished with four points. Ferguson did not score in 11 minutes.
Cavaliers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Thunder: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
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