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Mitchell, Jazz send Cavs to 8th straight loss, win 117-91

CLEVELAND (AP) After the Utah Jazz handed Cleveland its latest blowout loss, the Cavaliers decided it was a time for a talk.

Coach Larry Drew referred to a lengthy postgame meeting with players as ''pretty somber'' following a 117-91 loss Friday night to the Jazz, who dominated the second half in sending Cleveland to its eighth straight loss.

Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points, leading eight players in double figures. Utah trailed by one at halftime, but outscored the Cavaliers 69-42 in the second half and built a 34-point late in the game.

''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.''

Cleveland (8-31) has the worst record in the NBA, with four of the losses in the streak coming by 20 or more points.

Drew said he let the players do most of the talking and was pleased with what he heard. Tristan Thompson, a key part of the team that has reached the last four NBA Finals, thinks the meeting was productive.

''After a tough loss sometimes it's good to get your emotions off your chest, and go home and look in the mirror and say, how can I be better for this team,'' he said. ''I've been around for a long time so I know how this stuff goes.''

Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. said the meeting wasn't heated. Nance knows the Cavaliers need to play harder.

''Number one is effort,'' he said. ''Our first half was great. It's been great. But in the second half we come out and lay an egg. I think it's a lack of execution and heart.''

While the Cavaliers are searching for answers, the mood in the Utah locker room was far more upbeat.

''You can play hard and not always play well,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''When you compete and stay with it, things tend to turn out well.''

Jae Crowder, acquired from Cleveland last season, scored 16 points. Ricky Rubio, who was listed at questionable with a sore left foot, added 15 while Rudy Gobert had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Alec Burks scored 17 points and rookie Collin Sexton had 13 for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland led 64-61 midway through the third quarter, but Mitchell's 3-pointer tied the game and began a 20-7 run to end the period.

Korver, acquired from Cleveland in November, was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three shots. Crowder hit a 3-pointer and Utah led 81-71 going to the fourth quarter.

Utah's blitz continued in the fourth on an assortment of 3-pointers and layups that sent fans heading to the exits early.

The Cavaliers have struggled all season. Tyronn Lue was fired as coach after four games and Cleveland began the season 0-6. All-Star forward Kevin Love had left foot surgery on Nov. 2, playing in only four games.

Love has been cleared to begin some basketball activities, but no timetable has been given for his return.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Mitchell didn't score until late in the second quarter on a drive to the basket. ... Utah, making the second stop on its four-game road trip, won't return home until Jan. 9 against Orlando.

Cavaliers: Sexton, taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft, turned 20 years old Friday. ... G Patrick McCaw was given a turnover when his pass sailed close to teammate Jalen Jones, who was walking to the scorers table to check into the game.

TRADE PARTNERS

The teams made two deals in 2018. Korver, who played on two NBA Finals in Cleveland, was dealt to Utah for Burks. The deal followed a trade in February that saw Hood join the Cavaliers for Crowder.

Korver, who played parts of three seasons with Cleveland, got a big ovation when his picture was shown on the scoreboard during a timeout. Hood had 12 points Friday night.

''It was like being back in practice with Rodney and A.B. out there,'' Mitchell said. ''That's kind of what it felt like.''

ANOTHER INJURY

Matthew Dellavedova missed the game with a sprained left foot. The backup guard, acquired from Milwaukee on Dec. 7, has provided a spark off the bench for the struggling team. Dellavedova is averaging 9.3 points and shooting 49 percent in 11 games.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Visit Detroit on Saturday.

Cavaliers: Host New Orleans on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Gobert
27 C
T. Thompson
13 C
30.1 Min. Per Game 30.1
12.0 Pts. Per Game 12.0
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
11.3 Reb. Per Game 11.3
66.4 Field Goal % 54.2
66.0 Three Point % 55.1
64.5 Free Throw % 62.7
+ 3 Jalen Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Channing Frye 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Jalen Jones 0:30
  Ekpe Udoh missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:33
+ 1 Ekpe Udoh made 1st of 2 free throws 0:33
  Personal foul on Jalen Jones 0:33
+ 1 Alec Burks made free throw 0:44
  Shooting foul on Ekpe Udoh 0:44
+ 3 Alec Burks made 3-pt. jump shot 0:45
  Defensive rebound by Collin Sexton 0:57
  Thabo Sefolosha missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
  Personal foul on Collin Sexton 1:10
Team Stats
Points 117 91
Field Goals 42-82 (51.2%) 32-82 (39.0%)
3-Pointers 14-35 (40.0%) 11-21 (52.4%)
Free Throws 19-22 (86.4%) 16-17 (94.1%)
Total Rebounds 51 43
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 39 32
Team 4 4
Assists 28 14
Steals 6 6
Blocks 9 1
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 19 21
Technicals 1 0
12 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Jazz 19-20 23253336117
home team logo Cavaliers 8-31 2029222091
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 19-20 97.8 PPG 47.2 RPG 23.0 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 8-31 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Mitchell SG 23.8 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.2 APG 43.2 FG%
A. Burks SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Mitchell SG 18 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
A. Burks SG 17 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
51.2 FG% 39.0
40.0 3PT FG% 52.4
86.4 FT% 94.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 18 3 5 7/12 3/4 1/2 2 31 0 0 1 1 2 +28 30
R. Rubio 15 4 5 6/13 3/6 0/0 1 24 0 0 2 1 3 +9 27
R. Gobert 12 7 2 4/4 0/0 4/4 1 30 1 5 1 1 6 +25 28
J. Ingles 12 9 5 5/10 1/5 1/1 4 27 1 0 2 0 9 +6 30
D. Favors 10 5 0 4/9 0/1 2/2 0 24 1 3 0 3 2 +8 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 18 3 5 7/12 3/4 1/2 2 31 0 0 1 1 2 +28 30
R. Rubio 15 4 5 6/13 3/6 0/0 1 24 0 0 2 1 3 +9 27
R. Gobert 12 7 2 4/4 0/0 4/4 1 30 1 5 1 1 6 +25 28
J. Ingles 12 9 5 5/10 1/5 1/1 4 27 1 0 2 0 9 +6 30
D. Favors 10 5 0 4/9 0/1 2/2 0 24 1 3 0 3 2 +8 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crowder 16 5 2 5/9 3/7 3/4 1 24 1 0 0 0 5 +22 26
D. Exum 11 3 7 4/8 1/2 2/2 2 19 0 0 4 1 2 +21 24
K. Korver 10 2 1 2/6 1/4 5/5 3 21 0 0 1 0 2 +14 13
R. O'Neale 5 1 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 2 10 1 0 0 0 1 +6 9
R. Neto 5 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 -2 5
E. Udoh 3 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 -2 5
T. Sefolosha 0 6 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 11 1 0 0 0 6 -1 7
G. Niang 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 -4 1
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 117 47 28 42/82 14/35 19/22 19 232 6 9 11 8 39 +130 224
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 13 1 3 3/13 3/4 4/4 3 29 1 0 4 0 1 -13 17
R. Hood 12 5 0 3/6 2/2 4/4 2 25 1 0 2 0 5 -11 16
L. Nance Jr. 10 9 1 5/9 0/1 0/0 3 30 2 0 0 2 7 -25 23
T. Thompson 8 12 1 3/10 0/0 2/2 4 27 0 0 1 3 9 -20 21
C. Osman 8 3 2 3/9 0/2 2/2 2 30 0 0 1 0 3 -28 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 13 1 3 3/13 3/4 4/4 3 29 1 0 4 0 1 -13 17
R. Hood 12 5 0 3/6 2/2 4/4 2 25 1 0 2 0 5 -11 16
L. Nance Jr. 10 9 1 5/9 0/1 0/0 3 30 2 0 0 2 7 -25 23
T. Thompson 8 12 1 3/10 0/0 2/2 4 27 0 0 1 3 9 -20 21
C. Osman 8 3 2 3/9 0/2 2/2 2 30 0 0 1 0 3 -28 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Burks 17 3 2 6/13 3/4 2/3 1 29 0 1 1 1 2 -16 24
J. Clarkson 12 0 1 6/12 0/3 0/0 0 19 1 0 1 0 0 -14 14
C. Frye 5 3 3 1/3 1/3 2/2 2 16 1 0 0 1 2 +1 15
P. McCaw 3 2 1 1/5 1/1 0/0 0 17 0 0 3 0 2 -3 4
J. Jones 3 1 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 4 12 0 0 0 0 1 -1 4
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 91 39 14 32/82 11/21 16/17 21 234 6 1 13 7 32 -130 152