Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E Sports) – Kyrie Irving had 25 points and eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers rode on a strong second half towards a 113-102 victory over the Utah Jazz Friday at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Cavs hit 54 percent against the Jazz, including 63 percent in the second half.
“We were just feeding off of one another’s energy. We picked up our pace on both ends of the floor. We got multiple stops and that led out to our fast-break points,” said Irving, who scored 17 in the third.
Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, while C.J. Miles and Dion Waiters each scored 17 for the Cavs.
Deng, who had 10 points in his Cleveland debut, played only 21 minutes and had four turnovers.
Trailing 49-46 at halftime, the Cavs started the third with a 10-2 run to take a 56-51 lead.
Irving scored eight in a 13-2 Cavs run at the end of the third as they took an 85-70 lead to start the last quarter.
The Jazz were paced by Richard Jefferson’s 18 points as Trey Burke had 17 points and six assists.