Jazz rough up Cavs in Miles' return to Utah

Jan 19 2013 - 11:37pm

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ C.J. Miles (0) shoots as Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) defends during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
(RICK BOWMER/The Associated Press)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ C.J. Miles (0) shoots as Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) defends during the first quarter at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

SALT LAKE CITY -- C.J. Miles wondered how he'd be treated upon his return to EnergySolutions Arena but by the third quarter of Saturday's Utah Jazz-Cleveland Cavaliers game, Randy Foye made it a moot point.

Foye, Utah's starting two-guard, hit three 3-pointers in the third period alone, and finished with 20 points as the Jazz rolled to a 109-98 victory over the Cavaliers at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz (22-19) came out a little shaky after a four-day layoff, but nailed down their third consecutive win and fifth in six games.

Foye worked only 29 minutes, hitting 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-8 behind the 3-point line.

In his last four games, the 29-year-old has hit 16 of 24 3-point attempts.

Center Al Jefferson added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Derrick Favors came off the bench to add 19 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot.

"The pace (of the game) for the most part was good," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "After we got our legs back under us, I thought we did a good job."

Cleveland (10-32) got 23 points from backup guard Dion Waiters, a rookie, and 18 and nine assists from point guard Kyrie Irving, the NBA's reigning rookie of the year.

Miles finished with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

A second round draft pick in 2005, Miles spent seven seasons in a Jazz uniform trying to establish himself as player who could stretch defenses with his outside shooting ability. It never did work out quite like either side wanted and he wound up in Cleveland this season.

The Jazz opted to go with Foye, an unrestricted free agent, last July and haven't regretted the decision.

Corbin wasn't making reference to Miles after the game when he noted Utah's improved 3-point shooting -- Miles shot 33 percent from long range while with the Jazz -- but then again he didn't need to.

Foye came into the game averaging better than 43 percent from 3-point range and as a team, Utah came in at a 37 percent.

"He's a guy, if he has his feet set, we're very comfortable with him taking those shots," Corbin said of Foye. "He's making a lot of them for us."

Corbin noted the way Utah's inside presence opens up the outside for open looks at the basket, but that logic flows the other way, too. As the Jazz's outside shooters made baskets, the Cavs were forced to choose between guarding the paint or guarding the 3-point line.

Backup center Enes Kanter, like Jefferson, was effective around the basket. In just 17 minutes of work, the second-year player finished with 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting.

Favors made his first seven shots from the field and finished 7-for-11.

After the game, Cleveland coach Byron Scott said he felt his big men were left "on an island" at times trying to guard Utah's bigs.

"Their big guys are good and they're a good team," he said.

As for Miles, his return to Utah was a positive one. He received a warm reception when his name was announced among Cleveland's starters and he received hugs from former teammates and Jazz personnel after the game.

"It surprised me a little bit," he said. "It was a little bit louder than I thought it was going to be. I'm glad (the fans) still have love for me here. I definitely still have love for everybody here. It was cool."

The Jazz looked a little rusty to start the game and the Cavs broke out to a 16-10 lead midway through the first quarter. The Jazz fought back and took a 26-23 at the end of the quarter.

Cleveland continued to hang around into the second quarter but Utah finally pulled away with an 8-3 run to close out the half.

Led by Foye's three 3-pointers in the period, the Jazz pulled away by outscoring the Cavs 31-20 in the third quarter.

Utah sizzled from the outside, going 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point arc. The Jazz also held Cleveland to just 32 percent shooting in the quarter and built a lead as high as 16 points.

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