Kyrie Irving and the Cavs found themselves trailing the Utah Jazz by 15 points with a short time to go before halftime. It’s a wonder the margin wasn’t greater. Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward were on their way to very solid games for the visiting Jazz, but Cavs number one draft pick Kyrie Irving was struggling. He had scored only one point in the half as he missed all six of his attempts from the field.
In the second half, Irving heated up and the Cavs came back from another huge deficit. The Jazz led by 17 points with seconds left in the third quarter. Irving overcame his tough shooting in the first half and drilled home 13 points in the third quarter. He finished with 22 as the Cavs roared by from 15 down late in the third, to just five with 48 seconds left. The Jazz, however, would not let the Wine and Gold get any closer.
Utah posted the 109-100 win and snapped a six game road losing streak. The Cavs’ losing skid has now reached six straight. In that span, the Cavs have dropped four in a row in the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs now have six of their next nine games on the road. They begin a short road trip on Wednesday night in Denver, with Oklahoma City to follow on Friday night.