(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers recently welcomed back All-Star
Kyrie Irving, but they take a two-game losing streak into Wednesday's home
game against the Utah Jazz.
Irving returned from a three-game absence due to a knee injury on Monday night
when the Cavs hosted the New York Knicks. Cleveland shot a preposterous 68.4
percent in the first half, but the Knicks, who played without All-Star Carmelo
Anthony because of a knee injury in the second quarter, clawed back to win
"Going into the fourth quarter, our lack of intensity cost us," said Irving.
"Once we lose our, all of us forgot what got us the lead. They got into a
Marreese Speights led the Cavs with 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Alonzo
Gee, Tristan Thompson and C.J. Miles scored in double figures and Irving
netted 22 points on 9-for-22 shooting in 36 minutes.
"It felt alright, little sore right now, I knew that going in," Irving said
after the game on Monday. "Tomorrow do the necessary things I need to do."
The Cavs are 4-3 since the All-Star break and Wednesday's game will be the
third in a four-game homestand. They fell at home to the Los Angeles Clippers
on Friday, then lost to the Knicks on Monday.
The Jazz have lost four of their last five and got their four-game road trip
off to a disappointing start with a 109-108 overtime loss to the Milwaukee
Bucks on Monday.
Brandon Jennings of the Bucks sent the game into overtime, then Milwaukee took
a three-point lead with 14.7 seconds remaining. Paul Millsap had a layup
blocked, then Randy Foye missed a 3-pointer before Enes Kanter settled for a
layup to get within one.
"We had an opportunity to win the game," Millsap said. "You can't make
excuses. We have to find a way to win."
With starting center Al Jefferson out of the lineup, the big men for Utah were
outstanding. Derrick Favors started in Jefferson's place and had 23 points and
15 rebounds. Millsap scored 22 and pulled down 14 board and Kanter chipped in
18 to go with 10 rebounds.
The Jazz bench outplayed the starters for the most part. Marvin Williams, Foye
and Earl Watson tallied zero points on 0-for-15 shooting, while Kanter, Alec
Burks, DeMarre Carroll and Gordon Hayward all scored double figures in a
All totaled, the four bench players scored 63 points to the 25 from Millsap
and Favors. All four non-starters played over 30 minutes in the overtime
The Jazz have won six straight in this series with Cleveland, including a
109-98 win in Utah this season. Utah has won two in a row in Cleveland.
The Sports Network