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NBA 2018-19: 3 talking points from Utah Jazz's blowout win over Cleveland Cavaliers

Achyut Dubey
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
05 Jan 2019, 20:19 IST

#2 8 Utah Jazz players end up scoring in double digits

Utah Jazz's tough early-season schedule has taken a visible toll.
Utah Jazz's tough early-season schedule has taken a visible toll.

Donovan Mitchell led the scoring for Utah, dropping a game-high 18 points against the Cavaliers, shooting a decent 7-of-12 from the floor. Korver and Crowder combined for 26 points coming off the bench in their return to Cleveland, while Exum also chipped in with 10 of his own from the bench.

Although Utah are lying low on the East standings, they have a top 5 defensive rating in the league, and are bound to rise up the ranks once the hangover of a tough early-season schedule wears off. Even after trailing by a point at the half, the Jazz conjured a blazing 69-point second half, outscoring their opponents by 17 points in two quarters,

"That was pretty dramatic," Kyle Korver said of the second-half turnaround. "We were a little more aggressive in the second half and we made some better plays."

Favors, Ingles, Mitchell, Gobert and Rubio, all scored at least 10 points in a game that was there for the taking.

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