Byron Scott was interested to see how the Cavs would respond after such a historic mauling Tuesday night against the Lakers.
Turns out, they played exactly how he didn't want -- at least in the first half. The Cavs did nothing right defensively in the first half against the Jazz, then everything right in the second half. OK, not everything. But it was much better.
Didn't matter, of course. Playing a first-place team like the Utah Jazz on the road and falling behind by 22 in the second quarter is typically doom. There were glimmers of progress, such as improved ball movement and good rebounding numbers again out of J.J. Hickson. But his nine turnovers are inexcusable, as were the 21 the Cavs had as a team.
Antawn Jamison played well in his 900th career game and joins Dirk Nowitzki and Scottie Pippen as the only players in league history with 17,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, 900 3-pointers and 900 games. But Jamison wasn't in much mood to celebrate. Typically the team spokesman through dreary times, Jamison was showered, dressed and on the bus before Scott finished who postgame remarks.
I don't blame him.
Antawn Jamison 26 points, 11 rebounds
J.J. Hickson 21 points, 14 rebounds, nine turnovers
Mo Williams 14 points, 10 assists
Ramon Sessions 15 points, six assists
Deron Williams 26 points, nine assists
CJ Miles 20 points, 13 in second quarter
Al Jefferson 15 points, seven rebounds
The Cavs endured a three-minute scoreless drought through the second quarter while the Jazz scored 14 consecutive points. It turned a competitive four-point game into another blowout.
The Jazz shot 62 percent from the floor in the first half and 75 percent (6 of 8) on 3-pointers.
They said it
“We can't make stuff up, and that's what our guys were doing in the first half. They were just making up stuff defensively that we just don't do." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott, after the Jazz scored 70 points in the first half
The Cavs (8-31) are at Denver at 9 p.m. on Saturday