Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Saturday, January 18th
Game 2: Sunday, March 16th

Cavaliers 78

(8-34, 3-21 away)

Jazz 95

(24-15, 14-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2003

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 25 22 16 1578
    UTAH 28 20 26 2195

    Top Performers

    Cle: R. Davis 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    UTAH: M. Harpring 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Streaking Jazz win sixth straight at home

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz seem to like the third quarter.

    Matt Harpring

    For the second game in a row, the Jazz recovered from a slow first half with an explosive third quarter, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-78 Saturday night.

    "We pressured the ball in the third quarter and just played harder. More than anything else, the effort was the key,'' said Utah's Matt Harpring, who scored 22 points and sparked a key third-quarter run.

    The Jazz had spurts of 12-0 and 11-1 in the third and the Cavs, playing their last game of a six-game road trip, were unable to muster a comeback.

    "We're ready to go home,'' Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "All those guys know how to play. All my young guys are still developing and learning how to play.''

    Calbert Cheaney, who hadn't reached double figures in five games, added 13 points for the Jazz, who had similar luck in the third quarter Thursday when they outscored Seattle 34-11 in a 92-85 win.

    Utah won its sixth home game in a row and posted its eighth victory in the last 10 games.

    Ricky Davis scored 25 points for Cleveland, but had only three after halftime. The Cavaliers have lost their last four games by at least 17 points.

    "We got a little more aggressive on him and limited his touches. When he did get the ball, we forced him to the middle where the strength of our help is,'' Cheaney said.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 21 points for Cleveland, which hasn't won in Utah since 1989, a span of 13 games.

    "It's frustrating,'' Ilgauskas said. "Everyone's frustrated. Nobody likes losing every night.''

    Davis scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the first half to keep the Cavs close and when Ilgauskas made a layup to open the second half, Cleveland led 49-48.

    "We got ourselves in a situation where we needed a real good stretch to get us out of trouble,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

    Harpring started a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer and capped it with a jumper, giving Utah a 62-51 with 6:44 to play in the third. But the Cavaliers didn't give up.

    Smush Parker scored on a breakaway layup to trim the Utah's lead to 63-62 before the Jazz closed the quarter with an 11-1 run.

    "When we start playing well defensively like we did in the second half, it helps get our offense back in rhythm,'' said John Stockton, who had eight assists.

    Utah's screens and hard cuts wore down the Cavaliers, as the Jazz were credited with assists on 28 of their 33 field goals. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers committed 21 turnovers that led to 29 Jazz points.

    The Cavs knew they were finished when Andrei Kirilenko slammed an alley-oop from Mark Jackson and then made a backhanded tip-in to push Utah to a 81-67 lead. Kirilenko had 12 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

    "Andrei came in and disrupted everything. He got his hand on lots of balls, blocked shots, got steals and made some excellent plays,'' Cheaney said.

    The Jazz didn't need much from Stockton and Karl Malone, who combined for only 16 points.

    Game notes

    Utah's first shot of the game was Malone's airball from behind the 3-point line. ... Both teams combined for only three 3-pointers. ... Both Ilgauskas and Davis received technical fouls in the fourth quarter. ... The Cavaliers completed their 14th set of a league-high 24 back-to-back games this season. ... In the first quarter, Davis saw the play from Lucas and yelled, "No! Give it to me, Coach. I just made two in a row.''

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 95
    FGM-FGA 32-75 (.427) 33-73 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 2-11 (.182) 1-10 (.100)
    FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 28-37 (.757)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-32 12-44
    Assists 19 28
    Turnovers 21 17
    Steals 9 12
    Blocks 7 9
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (3/0) 17 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Ricky Davis Davis
    Points: 25
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1
    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 22
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0