Jazz 109, Cavaliers 98By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Jan 19, 2013 11:53 PM EST
SALT LAKE CITY -- Randy Foye scored 20 points and Derrick Favors added 19 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 109-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena. Six players hit double figures in scoring for the Jazz, including Al Jefferson's double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, as Utah improved to 22-19 with its third win in a row. Shooting guard Dion Walters led Cleveland with 23 points off the bench. The Cavaliers also got an 18-point outing from point guard Kyrie Irving and 12 points apiece from former Jazz player C.J. Miles and Tristan Thompson. It was Utah's fifth win in six games and its eighth in a row at home against Eastern Conference teams. The Jazz, winners of four straight at home, are now 41-7 against the East since February 2009. Cleveland dropped to 10-32 overall and 6-20 on road while finishing a five-game road trip with a 1-4 record, having won in Portland on Wednesday. The Jazz took command of the game with a 31-20 quarter during which they used runs of 9-0 and 6-0 to take a double-digit lead for good. Foye began the third quarter with a 3-pointer and then hit another deep make as the Jazz took a double-digit lead for good early in the second half. Foye went 4-for-8 from long range and 8-for-15 overall from the field while hitting the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season, which is tied with Paul Millsap for second on the team in that category behind Jefferson. The Jazz's starting shooting guard averages 11.1 points. Enes Kanter scored 14 points, DeMarre Carroll contributed 13 points and Jamaal Tinsley added 11 points as Utah took advantage of a four-day break to cruise to this easy victory. Miles' 10 points in the first half helped the Cavs remain in the game in the first half despite 40.9 percent shooting. But he only added one second-half bucket for Cleveland, which Foye, who'd hit 17 of 27 shots coming into this one, continued his hot shooting with 11 points in the first half to help the Jazz turn an early six-point deficit into a 53-48 halftime lead. Utah went into the break ahead thanks to an 8-3 run at the end of the second quarter. Miles averaged 8.4 points in 389 games for the Jazz from 2005 after being picked in the second round out of his Dallas high school through the 2011-12 campaign. He averaged a career-best 12.8 ppg in 2010-11, but only shot 38.1 percent while averaging 9.1 ppg last year. The swingman's time in Utah was a mixed bag, which included moments of inconsistency-ignited frustration and occasional glances of potential from a promising young player with athleticism and a nice shooting touch. Coach Jerry Sloan perhaps summed up Miles' seven years with Utah with this one quote: "We can't put diapers on him one night and a jockstrap the next night." Miles' relationship with Sloan was strained at times, but the 25-year-old holds the retired Jazz coach in high regard and credits the Hall of Famer for pushing him and being an invaluable mentor during their time together from 2005-11. "Of course at that time I felt like I wanted to play, I wanted to be on the court. But there were a lot of things I still had to learn," Miles said. "I feel like I could have played, but I definitely couldn't have played at the level I thought I could at that time because there was so much I had to learn. I was 180 pounds." NOTES: Former Cavalier Mo Williams remains sidelined for at least another four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair tendon damage in his right thumb two weeks ago. The Jazz point guard, who played in Cleveland from 2008-11, made it clear he's still fond of his time with the Cavs on his Twitter account: "I wanna say, I have some great memories as a ?@cavs?. ?#alwayswill? ?#utahjazz?." ... Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving had averaged 25.0 points in his eight previous games. ... The Cavs next face Boston at home Tuesday; the Jazz have three days off before hosting Washington on Wednesday. ... Utah had its longest non-All-Star break of the season this past week. The Jazz last played Monday, when they beat the Heat at home 104-97, then took two days off before resuming practice for two days.
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