CJ Miles spent the first six years of his NBA career on the Utah Jazz, but the Energy Solutions Arena hasn't been known to warmly welcome back former players, most notoriously the boos that met coach-killer Deron Williams. Nevertheless, when Miles' name was announced, his reception was largely positive.
He'd go on to score 12 points for his new team, but it was in vain and the Jazz capped off a strong second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-98. Randy Foye led the Jazz with 20 points and Derrick Favors contributed 19 off the bench. Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers' scoring with 23.
Notes of the game:
- Gordon Hayward had his worst offensive game in weeks, shooting only 2-10 from the floor. Fortunately, Favors, DeMarre Carroll, and Enes Kanter all had good nights, causing the Jazz bench to outscore the Cavs' bench 51-38.
- Al Jefferson has the best plus-minus for anyone with +15, off of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler Zeller had the worst at -17. He scored 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, but he couldn't contain Big Al when needed.
- Alec Burks had a short leash. He was only in for three minutes when he picked up two fouls trying to guard Waiters, and coach Tyrone Corbin yanked him back out. Burks didn't see the floor again until the final minute of the game.
- Randy Foye is shooting over 50% from three for the month of January. He was 4-8 from behind the arc last night.
- The Jazz are now 22-19 with a 13-4 home record. 8 of their next 10 games are at home.