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3 keys in the Utah Jazz's 109-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Playing without both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, the Utah Jazz fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100 Saturday night on the road.

The turning point: The Cavaliers tried to pull away multiple times in the third quarter, but couldn't do so until late as they closed the frame on a 14-8 run to take a seven-point lead into the fourth and the Jazz couldn't rally.

3 keys:

  • Cleveland scored 46 points in the paint compared to 36 for Utah.
  • The Cavaliers made six more free throws than the Jazz.
  • Cleveland won the rebounding and assist battles.

Jazz almanac: 14-16, Lost 1

The hero: LeBron James registered his second triple-double in as many games, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 26 points.

Next up: at Houston (23-4), Monday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m. MST

On deck: at Oklahoma City (14-14), Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6 p.m. MST