Utah (7-3) lost 99-94 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday as its five-game winning streak was snapped. The Jazz shot a season-low 40.5 percent on Friday after having shot just 42.9 percent from the field on Wednesday in a 92-88 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Utah had scored at least 100 points in five straight games before this road trip.
The Jazz, who have one of the league’s most potent offenses, are averaging 108.1 points per game, with Carlos Boozer averaging 25.9.
On Friday, Boozer came through again as he led five starters in double figures with 26 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds, but none of the others had more than 12 points.
It also didn’t help that the Jazz couldn’t contain LeBron James, who finished with 40 points. James scored 34 points in the second half made a crucial block when Boozer went up for a tying layup in the final seconds.
Jazz point guard Deron Williams had a miserable shooting night, making 4-of-17 shots for 11 points. Williams scored 17 points last season in each of Utah’s two wins over Indiana (3-6).
Last year’s two wins for the Jazz were preceded by a seven-game losing streak to the Pacers. The 104-94 victory at Conseco Fieldhouse last Dec. 17 was the Jazz’s first victory in Indiana in five tries.
Indiana has lost six straight since a 3-0 start, including a 110-101 loss to the Raptors on Friday. This is the Pacers’ longest losing streak since they dropped 11 in a row from Feb. 23-March 14, which was one loss shy of the franchise record.
Troy Murphy and Jamaal Tinsley each scored 20 points for the Pacers in the loss. Murphy, who missed the previous game because of a sore left Achilles’ that also kept him out of the first three games, was 7-of-10 from the field off the bench. He also had seven rebounds.
The Pacers led by three at the half, but Toronto opened the third quarter with a 13-4 run and Indiana never recovered. Indiana blew a halftime lead for the fourth time during its losing streak, and matched a season high by allowing 12 3-pointers.
“I don’t know what it is,” Tinsley said. “I’ve been here seven years and it seems like the same thing. It’s frustrating when you go out there and play good for one half and in the second half, you lay an egg. We’ve got to get together some way, somehow. It’s getting frustrating. You get tired of hearing the same old thing.”
Tinsley has increased his scoring in four straight games, averaging 15.0 points in that span. He averaged only 7.0 points in his four previous games.