NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Utah 23 25 33 36 117
Cleveland 20 29 22 20 91
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , January 4, 2019
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 19,432

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Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. The Jazz and the Cavaliers split their season series in 2017-18, each winning once on their home court. Cleveland has won six home games in a row over Utah, the team's second-longest active home winning streak against any opponent (vs. Hornets -- 8).
  2. Utah has alternated wins and losses over its last six games, most recently losing, 122-116, at Toronto on Tuesday. The Jazz have lost three consecutive road games against Eastern Conference opponents, and are 3-5 overall in such games this season.
  3. The Cavaliers enter tonight in the midst of a season-long seven-game losing streak. This losing streak is the longest within a single season for the Cavs since the team lost 10 straight in March/April 2013.
  4. In Cleveland's most recent game, a 117-92 loss against Miami, the team recorded just 22 rebounds, the fewest by any team in a game this season. The Cavs also recorded just two offensive rebounds in the game -- Cleveland is an NBA-worst 0-18 this season when recording fewer than 12 offensive rebounds.
  5. Jae Crowder scored a career-high 30 points in Utah's loss against Toronto, converting five of seven three-point attempts. Crowder has four games this season making at least five three-pointers -- he had four such games combined over his first six seasons in the NBA.
  6. Since December 14, Collin Sexton is shooting 33.3 percent from the field, the lowest field-goal percentage of any player (minimum 100 FGA). In the 10 games over that time, Sexton has averaged 11.7 points on 14.1 field-goal attempts per game.

The Utah Jazz haven't won in Cleveland in nearly seven years.

Their odds of beating the Cavaliers might be better this time around.

Utah attempts to halt a six-game losing streak in Cleveland when it visits a much different version of the Cavaliers on Friday.

The Jazz (18-20) struggled to win in Ohio against powerful Cleveland teams featuring the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. This time, they face a team with the NBA's worst record at 8-30 while its top player - forward Kevin Love - remains out with a foot injury.

The Cavaliers have lost seven straight games, with three of the setbacks occurring by 20 or more points. Cleveland succumbed 117-92 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday in the opener of a four-game homestand, and coach Larry Drew would like to see a bit more toughness on the court.

"We've got to be grimy as far as our style of play," Drew told reporters afterward. "We can't play cute. We can't play pretty. We've got to get on the floor for loose balls. We've got to get our body on people when they go in (the lane). We've got to do all the little things, which add up to be big things."

The Cavaliers got center Tristan Thompson back after a 10-game absence due to a sprained left foot. He had 14 points in 23 minutes.

Swingman Rodney Hood (Achilles) also returned after missing four games and tallied 13 points in 23 minutes.

Hood will be facing the Jazz for the first time since being traded to Cleveland last February in a deal that brought forward Jae Crowder to Utah. Shooting guard Alec Burks will also be seeing the Jazz for the initial time after being moved in the late-November trade that brought sharpshooter Kyle Korver to Utah.

Korver was part of two Cleveland teams that went to the NBA Finals. He said returning to Cleveland will always be a happy occasion.

"Some people come back with a chip on their shoulder and feel like they've got to give it to the other team, but it's not going to be like that for me," Korver told the Deseret News. "Just a lot of gratitude for the time I had there."

Utah has dropped five of its last six road games as it enters the second contest of a four-game excursion.

The Jazz lost 122-116 to Toronto on Tuesday when Raptors star Kawhi Leonard scored a career-best 45 points.

Crowder was hot for Utah with a career-best 30 points. He knocked down 5 of 7 3-point attempts and collected six rebounds in 26 minutes.

"Jae had a spectacular game," Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell told reporters. "He came ready, knocked down shots - that's what he does."

Mitchell averaged 27.5 points and shot 63.6 percent from the field in two games against the Cavaliers last season.

Mitchell's emergence as a rookie last season helped lead to the trade of Hood to Cleveland. Hood told reporters he is looking forward to playing against his former organization.

"We're not in the same conference or nothing like that, so one game doesn't really mean anything in the grand scheme of things," said Hood, "but it'll be fun just to go against them."

Utah's last win in Cleveland was a 109-100 decision on March 5, 2012. Each team still has one player who played in that game -- power forward Derrick Favors for the Jazz and Thompson for the Cavaliers. James was on the Miami Heat and hadn't yet returned for his second stint in Cleveland.

Updated January 3, 2019

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