Cavaliers 113, Jazz 102

The SportsXchange

SALT LAKE CITY -- Point guard Kyrie Irving scored 25 points and recently traded small forward Luol Deng made his Cleveland debut as the Cavaliers picked up a 113-102 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Irving also had eight assists, six rebounds and five steals, while Deng finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting four nights after being traded from Chicago to Cleveland in the Andrew Bynum deal. Deng played 21 minutes after starting.

The Jazz (12-26) held a 49-46 halftime lead but fell apart in the second half en route to their first home loss in five contests. Cleveland outscored Utah 67-53 in the final two periods.

Utah played without leading scorer Gordon Hayward. The shooting guard, who scored a career-high 37 points in Tuesday's win over Oklahoma City, was sidelined with a left hip flexor.

Forward Tristan Thompson contributed a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 13-23.

Guards Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles, who played his first seven seasons in Utah, each scored 17 points for the visitors. The Cavaliers hadn't won in this building since Jan. 24, 2009.

Small forward Richard Jefferson scored 18 and rookie point guard Trey Burke contributed 17 points and six assists for Utah, which had won four of six games. Alec Burks had 16 points in his first start at shooting guard this season.

The Cavs took advantage of Burke's foul trouble in the second half.

Cleveland began the second half with a 10-2 run, but then enjoyed a 30-9 advantage while the rookie of the year candidate was out. The Cavs were up 66-62 when Burke was taken out at the 5:20 mark of the third quarter and led 92-75 when he returned with 9:34 remaining in regulation.

Reserve guard Jarrett Jack (12 points) finished off the pivotal third quarter with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Cavs outscored the Jazz 39-21 in that period.

NOTES: This was the first game of the season SG Gordon Hayward missed. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin didn't specify when the shooting guard was injured, but Hayward will be a game-time decision Monday against Denver. "We want to make sure we're doing the right thing to try to give him time to recover and not taking the chance with him today. He'll have two days and then we'll see what's going on Monday." ... Cavaliers coach Mike Brown got a sneak peek at Jazz rookie PG Trey Burke. Burke's high school team played against Brown's son in high school. Burke scored 35 points for Columbus Northland, Elijah Brown's Lakewood St. Edward squad ended up winning the Ohio prep showdown 84-81 back on Feb. 5, 2011. "He could've gotten 45 for all I care as long as we came out with the win," said Brown, who was in between NBA jobs at the time. "He (Burke) was fun to play against. I tell you what, he's a heck of a player. He was a heck of a player back then." ... Friday's game tipped off the longest road trip of the season for Cleveland, which plays five times in eight nights out West. ... The Jazz missed 65 man-games due to injury and illness.
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