SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Cavs (13-23) five-game west coast road trip got off to a good start Friday night with a 113-102 win over the Jazz (12-26). Newly acquired Luol Deng was solid in first game with the wine and gold. He started the game and finished 4-8 from the field, finishing with 10 points.
Kyrie Irving proved to be the best player on the floor. He helped the Cavs erase a three point halftime deficit, by scoring 17 of his team-high 25 points in the third quarter to help extend the lead. The Cavs outscored the Jazz 39-21 in the frame, including a 10-2 spurt to begin the half.
Plenty of Cavs joined in the fun. Tristan Thompson attacked the glass and had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles added 17 points apiece. Anderson Varejao pulled down 14 rebounds in the winning effort.
Like the Cavs, Utah placed five players in double figure. Richard Jefferson led the way with 18 in the loss
The Cavs continue their road trip Sunday when they travel to Sacramento. Tip time is set for 6 p.m.