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Cavs Crush Jazz, Improve to 3-1 on Trip


WRAP-UP

This year’s Cavaliers have been righting past wrongs all year long, and that string of success continued on Wednesday night – notching their biggest win ever in an arena that’s been a perennial house of horrors.

The Wine & Gold had dropped 33 games in their 41 meetings against the Jazz since they’ve relocated to Salt Lake City, including each of the last six dating back to 2014. But as they’ve done all year, the Cavs avenged that futility – blowing out the shorthanded Jazz, 111-91, to improve to 3-1 on their West Coast trip.

The 20-point win marked the Cavs biggest margin of victory ever in Utah, where they were crushed by 39 points one season ago.

The Jazz – playing without Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside and Rudy Gay, all in the league’s health and safety protocol – stuck with the Cavs through the first half and trailed, 58-52, at the break. But Lamar Stevens personally took over after intermission, scoring Cleveland’s first 13 points of the second half and keying a run that put the Wine & Gold in the driver’s seat for the duration.

The Cavaliers dominated Utah in nearly every facet – shooting 53 percent from the floor, winning on the boards, 50-32, and handing out 28 assists to just 11 for the Jazz, holding the league’s most efficient offense to 40 percent shooting.

Everyone who saw significant action contributed in the win – led by Lamar Stevens, who finished with a career-high 23 points, going 10-for-15 from the floor, adding seven boards and a pair of steals in his fifth straight start.

Darius Garland didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but he did everything else – registering the first triple-double of his career, finishing with 11 points, a career-best 15 assists and 10 boards.

Lauri Markkanen followed up with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, adding six boards, a steal and a block.

Kevin Love notched 16 points in 20 minutes of work off the bench, going 5-of-10 from the floor to go with seven boards.

Evan Mobley notched his eighth double-double of the season – and wasn’t far from a triple-double of his own – finishing with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting, adding 10 boards, seven assists and a block. The incredibly impressive rookie has 12 assists in his last two outings.

Jarrett Allen chipped in with 12 points and seven boards, going 5-of-7 from the floor, adding two assists and a block.

Allen took an elbow from Utah’s Joe Ingles in the first quarter that set the tone for a physical first half. Not long after, Ingles picked up his second technical and was shown the door, leaving Quin Snyder with just eight players for the remainder.

Former Cavalier, Jordan Clarkson, who struggled in the Jazz’ trip to Cleveland in early-December, was very good on Wednesday night – leading the Jazz with 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting, including 4-of-11 from deep.

Miss any of the action? Find all the highlights and photos in the Game Tracker.


FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Lauri Markkanen flies in for a one-handed put-back slam off a Cavaliers missed shot, catching and dunking all in one motion.


TURNING POINT

The Cavs and Jazz went toe-to-toe through the first half, but at the 9:08 mark of the third quarter, Cleveland blew things wide open.

Lamar Stevens had already set the tone for the Cavaliers, scoring the squad’s first 13 points. From there, Kevin Love and Darius Garland got in on the act, and when the smoke had cleared on the 21-0 run, it was Stevens, fittingly, who gave Cleveland its biggest lead of the night on dunk to his team up 25.


BY THE NUMBERS

By the Numbers - 13-9, 7-5 … Cavaliers overall road record and road record against the Western Conference this year – beating five playoff teams from a season ago (Utah, Dallas, Portland, Denver and the Clippers) by an average of 15.2 points per.

Ten of Cleveland 13 road wins have come by double-figures.


QUOTABLE

Lamar Stevens, on how much the Cavs coaching staff has meant to his success …

"There’s been times where I feel like J.B. has believed in me more than I believed in myself, and that kind of gave me the extra boost of confidence that he consistently called my number and gave the opportunity to play. So I think that extra boost and the confidence they’ve instilled in me have allowed me to just go out and play my game."

CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and Rafa Hernandez-Brito from Power 89.1.


UP NEXT

After throttling the Jazz to improve to 3-1 on the trip, the Cavaliers are rounding third and headed home – with a back-to-back this weekend, taking the Spurs on Friday and Thunder on Saturday, the Wine & Gold return to Cleveland for an MLK Day matchup with the Nets.

After that Monday matinee against Brooklyn, the Cavs close out the month of January with six of their final eight at home.

Cavs at Jazz - Verizon Game Rewind

The Cavaliers picked up a big, 20-point win on the road on Wednesday night behind some strong individual performances. Get the highlights in the Game Rewind sponsored by Verizon.

Cavs at Jazz - January 12, 2022

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Cavs at Jazz - Verizon Game Rewind

The Cavaliers picked up a big, 20-point win on the road on Wednesday night behind some strong individual performances. Get the highlights in the Game Rewind sponsored by Verizon.
Jan 13, 2022  |  04:38

Cavs vs. Jazz Postgame: Darius Garland

Cavs guard Darius Garland spoke with the media following Wednesday's win against the Jazz at Vivint Arena.
Jan 13, 2022  |  08:16

Cavs vs. Jazz Postgame: Lauri Markkanen

Cavs forward Lauri Markkanen spoke with the media following Wednesday's win against the Jazz at Vivint Arena.
Jan 13, 2022  |  07:20

Cavs vs. Jazz Postgame: Lamar Stevens

Cavs forward Lamar Stevens spoke with the media following Wednesday's win against the Jazz at Vivint Arena.
Jan 13, 2022  |  07:25

Cavs vs. Jazz Postgame: J.B. Bickerstaff

Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff spoke with the media following Wednesday's win against the Jazz at Vivint Arena.
Jan 13, 2022  |  09:40

Garland Records First Career Triple-Double

Darius Garland recorded his first career triple-double in Wednesday's win over the Jazz with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 15 assists.
Jan 12, 2022  |  02:53

Allen Spikes this Utah Shot Attempt

Utah tries a lay-up attempt in the third, but Jarrett Allen is waiting at the rim and spikes the shot out of bounds for an emphatic rejection.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:16

DG, Love Each with an Impressive Assist

Darius Garland throws a two-handed pass toward the rim for Jarrett Allen at the end of the shot clock for the long ally-oop. A few possessions later, Kevin Love hits Lamar Stevens with a no-look pass for the dunk.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:38

Stevens Scores Cavs First 13 Points of the Third

Lamar Stevens scores the first 13 points of the second half for the Cavaliers, and it is capped by this tough made shot in traffic.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:22

Mobley with a Big Block on the Jazz

The Jazz tried to challenge Evan Mobley at the rim and it turned out to be a bad idea, as Mobley sent it back with two hands.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:26

Feat. Highlight: Lauri Drops the Hammer

Lauri Markkanen flies in for a one-handed put-back slam off a Cavaliers missed shot, catching and dunking all in one motion.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:09

Mobley Converts And-One Hook Shot

Evan Mobley makes a nice catch at the free throw line, turns, and banks home a hook shot while getting fouled to earn a trip to the line.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:21

Cedi Hits Running Lay-Up then DG Steals Inbound Pass and Scores

Cedi Osman scores a tough running lay-up in the lane off a missed Cavs shot, then Darius Garland steals the Jazz inbound pass and hits an easy lay-up.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:36

Cavs Ball Movement Leads to Mobley's Easy Dunk

Darius Garland starts the play with a pass to Jarrett Allen who makes a quick feed to a cutting Evan Mobley who catches and dunks with two hands.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:08

Allen Gathers Loose Ball and Dunks

Jarrett Allen had the ball poked away momentarily but the big man gathered it again and threw down an easy dunk in the first.
Jan 12, 2022  |  00:19
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