On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home to face the Utah Jazz after an undefeated three-game road trip, which included wins against all plus .500 teams.
The Cavs(13-11) battled hard against Utah(16-7), but their three-game winning streak would be snapped as they fell short to the Jazz 109-108.
Utah has now won four straight and five of their last six.
Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Jazz.
The Great for the Cavaliers:
-For the first time in his career, Darius Garland had his second straight 30-point game. Garland scored 31 points(11/19 FG), including a game-high five threes, to go along with five assists, four rebounds, and a career-high-tying four steals. The third-year guard scored 32 against Washington on Friday night.
-Jarrett Allen had his career-high seventh straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also added two blocks and two steals. Allen went head-to-head with Rudy Gobert and played very well.
-Evan Mobley had his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and a block. This is Mobley’s 13th consecutive game with a block.
-Cedi Osman returned after missing three games with a back injury, and he scored 11 points off the bench. After the Jazz took a 15-point lead in the fourth, Osman helped ignite a 15-0 run for the Cavs as he scored five points during that stretch, which tied the game at 97.
-Ricky Rubio scored in double figures for the first time in four games as he had 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists off the Cavs’ bench. He added five points in the fourth during the big 15-0 run by Cleveland.
Fourth Quarter: The Cavaliers outscored the Jazz 26-18 in the quarter, including the 15-0 run, and they held Utah to 35% from the field and 3/10 from downtown. Cleveland gave themselves a chance to win in the end with their play in the final period.
The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:
-The Cavs allowed the Jazz to make 20 threes(20/48) Sunday night. Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, and Donovan Mitchell had four threes apiece.
–Final Shot: The ball was in the hands of Garland with Cavs down one, and he came up short on a three. He probably could have tried to get a better shot because a made two-point shot wins the game. The last shot wasn’t awful, but it could have been better.
“I work on that shot every day,” Garland said about the final shot.
The Utah Jazz are a very good team and put a lot of pressure on teams with their ability to make the three-point shot. Cleveland fought in this one, especially in that fourth quarter.
The Cavs have played a lot of good teams so far this season and just played four straight games against plus .500 team, including tonight’s contest against Utah. During that stretch, they are 3-1.
That’s a win for Cleveland.
Cleveland will play the second half of a back-to-back in Milwaukee against the world champion Bucks on Monday night.
Best of the Rest:
Utah had five players in double figures as Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 35 points, Bogdanovic added 16 points, Rudy Gobert chipped in with 6 points, and game-highs in rebounds(20) and blocks(5).
Watch below as Garland, Osman, and Rubio react to the loss against Utah: