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Jazz cruise past Cavs for 6th consecutive victory, 115-99

Donovan Mitchell scores 24 points, while Rudy Gobert adds 19

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz are making the most of this stretch of games at home.

Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half, Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 15 rebounds, as the Jazz cruised to a 115-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The win was Utah's sixth in a row, five of which have come at home.

Royce O'Neale added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Utah's sixth straight win and eighth in nine games.

The Jazz led by as many as 38 points in the second half, before the Jazz third team let the Cavs narrow the gap.

"A win is a win," said Kyle Korver, who had 7 points. "I'm sure Quin will break down some film and keep on trying to get better. But I think it's just all about habits right now. We have a nice little stretch going. It's easy to kinda get comfortable, but we've got a lot of big games coming so we can't do that."

Playing in their first game in Salt Lake City since being traded by the Jazz, Rodney Hood had four points, while Alec Burks scored six.

Cleveland shot just 21 of 68 (.309) from the field over the first three quarters, allowing the Jazz to pull away early.

Trailing 7-6, Utah took the lead for good on back-to-back 3-pointers from Mitchell and O'Neale that sparked a 12-4 run. Gobert finished it off with a dunk off a lob pass from Mitchell, giving Utah an 18-11 lead.

The Cavaliers closed within two at 20-18 on a pair of free throws from Payne. Utah then got going from the perimeter near the end of the first quarter and put the game out of reach.

Joe Ingles, Crowder, Kyle Korver, and Grayson Allen rattled off four 3-pointers over four straight possessions spanning the first and second quarters. Their outside baskets gave the Jazz a 32-20 lead. It sparked a second quarter during which Utah hit 12 of 20 shots and held Cleveland to just five total baskets. The Jazz capped it with back-to-back baskets from Gobert and O'Neale to take a 61-37 halftime lead.

The Cavaliers could not keep up with the Jazz after missing their first 12 3-point shot attempts. They didn't score an outside basket until Jordan Clarkson knocked one down with 1:34 left before halftime.

Utah didn't ease up after halftime, extending its lead to as many as 38 points in the third quarter, going up 87-49 on another 3-pointer from Crowder.

"We're playing pretty good basketball," said Crowder. "I mean, it starts on the defensive end and we're playing great defense as of late. We're all on the same page communicating well. You don't want to be the one who makes a mistake. You want to be on the same page as everyone else on the court. I think that's the point where you have to lock in individually, and that's what we're bringing lately."

The Jazz (26-21) will go for its 7th straight win Monday at home against Portland.



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