In the midst of recording his first career triple-double, an
overzealous fan ran onto the court with 6:20 remaining in the
Cavaliers' 99-79 victory over the Utah Jazz before 18,601 at Quicken
"He came out and told me he loved me," Irving said. "I told him, 'I
love you, too, bro.' "
The fan was immediately tackled by arena security and arrested.
Irving finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Jazz guard Gordon Hayward fired in 18 points, seven rebounds, seven
assists and two blocks.
Forward Richard Jefferson added 13 points and guard Alec Burks had
"I'm excited for Kyrie," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "For him
to go out there and get his first triple-double, that was fun to
watch. That was well-earned and well-deserved. I'm fired up for him,
the organization and the city."
Brown said he never mentioned to Irving that he was getting close to
"He pointed it out to me that he's close," he said. "I said, 'If
that's the case, then rebound quickly.' Fifteen-and-a-half minutes
later, he got his 10th rebound."
Irving set a career high in rebounds and matched his career high in
"He's a great player," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "He showed why
he is who he is in this league."
The Cavaliers (24-36), winners of two in a row and eight of 11,
pulled within 3 1/2 games of idle Atlanta (26-31) for the No. 8
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Forwards Luol Deng and Tristan Thompson each had 16 points for the
Cavaliers. Thompson pulled down 12 rebounds for his 29th
double-double of the season.
Center Spencer Hawes finished with 13 points and matched his season
high with 16 rebounds.
The Cavaliers dominated the Jazz on the boards, 56-31, including a
13-6 edge on the offensive glass.
"That was a big point of emphasis tonight," Hawes said. "They have a
big, physical front line."
Brown said the total destruction on the boards was a "testament" on
how hard the Cavaliers played.
The Cavaliers limited the Jazz to 35 percent shooting from the
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"The Cavs were the aggressive team," Corbin said. "We couldn't match
their intensity on the defensive end."
The Cavaliers blasted the Jazz in the fourth quarter, 30-19. In
their last two games, they've outscored the opposition in the
"Our pace picked up in the second half," Irving said. "We were a
step quicker. With me and (Jarrett) Jack running the show, we were
executing on both ends of the floor."
The Cavs finished the month of February with an 8-6 record.
"Every little thing is a victory for us," Brown said. "It's been a
while since we've had a winning month. It's a nice milestone. It
continues to give us confidence."
The point guard matchup was a mismatch. Jazz rookie Trey Burke had
just four points and five rebounds.
"Every night you have to be able to compete," Burke said. "That
other guard is going to come at you just like you're going to come
at him. You have to be ready to compete."
NOTES: With mounting injuries to the Cavaliers' backcourt, All-Star
PG Kyrie Irving's minutes have soared. He's averaged 44 minutes in
the previous two games. "I'm 21," he said. "I'm using my youth to my
advantage. I'm getting used to that every day grind." ... Cavs F
Anthony Bennett (soreness in left knee), C Anderson Varejao (sore
back/general soreness), G Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) and
G/F C.J. Miles (sprained left ankle) all missed the Utah game.
Bennett will travel with the team to Memphis after the game. He'll
be a game-time decision against the Grizzlies on March 1. None of
the other three players will make the trip. ... Cleveland State fans
were well aware of Jazz G Gordon Hayward from his days in the
Horizon League with the Butler Bulldogs. He has taken his all-around
game to the NBA with the Utah Jazz. Hayward finished the month of
January averaging 20.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists. "He's
long, athletic, can shoot it and handle it," Brown said. "He plays
so hard. He's a formidable weapon." ... Warriors coach Tyrone Corbin
wants Jazz G Trey Burke to keep his emotions in check for tonight's
game. He grew up in Columbus. "I want him to calm down and play the
game," Corbin said.
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