Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (left) celebrates with point guard Kyrie Irving (2). Photo Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports.

Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers final score: Cavs defeat Jazz 99-79


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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Utah Jazz 99-79 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavs improved to 24-36, and the Jazz fell to 21-37.

Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists, and collected 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double.

The Cavs were down by two at halftime, but played lights out in the second half to win by twenty points.  In addition to Irving’s stellar performance, power forward Tristan Thompson registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.  Center Spencer Hawes added a double-double as well with 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Cavs small forward Luol Deng scored 16 points along with three rebounds, and center Tyler Zeller finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Utah shot terribly from the field, 28 for 80 (35%).  Shooting guard Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two blocks.  Small forward Richard Jefferson netted 13 points and collected four rebounds.  Point guard Alec Burks finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists.

Next game: Cleveland plays at Memphis tomorrow at 9 pm ET.  Utah plays at Indiana on Sunday at 6 pm ET.

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