After starting off the game slow, the Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves down by two at the end of the first half to the Utah Jazz. While the Jazz weren’t causing the Cavaliers any specific problems, but something seemed off with Cleveland. Early on, they struggled to get in a rhythm and looked nothing like the team that took down the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
But, after halftime, the Cavaliers turned things up a notch. Behind a superb all-around performance from Kyrie Irving and solid production from just about everyone else, the Cavaliers turned their two-point deficit into a 20-point lead when the final buzzer sounded.
Irving lead all scorers with 21 points. He also recorded the first triple-double of his NBA career, as also finished with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Five Quick Thoughts
1. When Tyler Zeller and Spencer Hawes share the floor, the Cavaliers front court looks solid on both ends of the floor. Both Zeller and Hawes can help space the floor, both rebound well and both have played solid defense at the rim. Here’s hoping we see more of this duo moving forward, even after Anderson Varejao makes his return.
2. Moving forward into March, it will be interesting to see if this Cavaliers team can keep winning and building off their strong February. Cleveland has won eight of their last 11 games – including one in Oklahoma City agains the Thunder. This run of solid basketball is even more impressive when you consider that Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles and Varejao have been out for the majority this recent hot streak.
3. The Cavaliers, without question, needed to win this game. Things were dicey at the end of the first half, but in outscoring the Jazz by 22 in the second half, the Cavaliers, shut the door on any thoughts of a letdown game.
4. As you know, Irving recorded the first triple-double of his career tonight. The last Cavalier to record a triple-double was LeBron James. Just saying. (Not really).
5. Lastly, it’s absurd that the Cavaliers have now had three incidents in the last year involving a fan running onto the court. That has to be the highest number in the NBA it would be wise of the Cavaliers to try and end this problem before something serious happens.