Kyrie Irving had 25 points on nine-of-18 shooting, dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds and had five steals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 113-102 victory over the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday night.
The Cavaliers big man duo of Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson played a huge role in this one. Thompson scored 18 points on nine-of-12 shooting and pulled down 15 rebounds while Varejao scored just two points on one-of-six shooting, but grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, had two steals and blocked a shot.
The Cavaliers’ bench was fantastic as well. Dion Waiters scored 17 points, Jarrett Jack had 12 and Tyler Zeller had 10 points and six rebounds.
Luol Deng scored 10 points on four-of-eight shooting in 21 minutes in his Cavaliers’ debut.
The Jazz were led by Richard Jefferson’s 18 points.
Rookie Trey Burke had 17 points and six assists, Alec Burks had 16 points and five rebounds, Enes Kanter scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Derrick Favors added 12 points and six boards.
The Jazz actually took a three-point lead into the break, but the Cavaliers exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Jazz 39-21, including a 13-2 run to end the quarter.
The Cavaliers are now 13-23 while the Jazz are 12-26.