The Jazz have become the 6th team this season to win 20 games, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-90. Utah won 3 of the 4 quarters, while Cleveland outscored the Jazz by 1 point in the 4th. Deron Williams had another double-double, but the high scorer for Utah was Mr. CJ Miles with 22. Four of the five Jazz starters scored in double figures – though Andrei Kirilenko was the odd man out (6 points on 9 attempts).
In the last post I mentioned that a good way to judge how well the Jazz are performing is to look in the box-score and see how CJ performed. Tonight Miles accounted for all but 2 of the bench points for the Jazz and posted 22 points! The Jazz out-rebounded the Cavs by 10 and had 44 boards to the Cavs 34. Deron Williams had 17 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds. Paul Milsap (19 points,7 boards) had more points than Al Jefferson, but Jefferson (16 points and 13 boards) had more rebounds. Raja Bell was on FIRE tonight, hitting 5 of 6 shots from deep and 6 of 9 shots total to finish with 19 points!!
Utah has regained their spot atop the division, as the Jazz hold a 1 game lead over the Thunder. Up next for the division-leading Jazz, the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minnesota. The Jazz need to make sure they don’t look past the Wolves record and fall prey to a trap game. If you go into the game not focused, Minnesota’s young team has the talent to win. Twolves’ Kevin Love and Mike Beasley are one heck of a tandem at forward positions. Milsap and Kirilenko will have their hands full guarding the duo, but I do think the Jazz have obvious advantages at the other positions.
Hopefully Utah goes into this game focused because it would be a shame for them to fall prey to a young, talented Wolves and lose the opportunity to build a bigger streak
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