Feb 28, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives around Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke (3) during the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Utah Jazz 79

Final Outcome

After a slow first half, the Cleveland Cavaliers came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. Over the course of the final 24 minutes, the Cavaliers stretched their lead to to 20 (a 22 points swing) and ultimately won by a final score of 99-79. Kyrie Irving recorded his first career triple-double in the win, finishing with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Key Play to the Game

The whole second half was key, so we’ll focus on one specific play that really didn’t involve the game.

This has now happened three times in three years. The Cavaliers really need to do something to stop this from happening.

Wine & Gold MVP

Irving was sensational tonight, as he recorded the first triple double of his career. His shooting numbers were not great (he finished 7-16 from the field and 1-3 from three) but overall he was solid. He especially on point with his passing, consistently finding open teammates and helping the Cavaliers turn the game around in the second. And on the glass, Irving probably could have pulled down a few more rebounds, but 10 rebounds is a very good number for Irving. He’s really looking more and more like himself each game out and that’s very good for the Cavaliers.

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Up Next

The Cavaliers will travel to Memphis tonight to take on the Grizzlies tomorrow. A few weeks back, the Cavaliers took down the Grizzlies at the Q in an overtime thriller that saw Irving and Dion Waiters carry Cleveland down the stretch. But with Waiters still out with a hyperextend left knee (and with Tony Allen and Mike Conley back healthy for Memphis) it will interesting to see if Irving can get the space he needs to make plays. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. from the FedEx Forum in Memphis.

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