Who needs Kyrie Irving when the Cleveland Cavaliers got Mo Williams! The veteran point guard, who is starting for the still injured Irving, finished with 29 points Tuesday night as the Cavaliers beat the visiting Utah Jazz, 109-105 for his team’s seven consecutive victory.
It’s not the “Big Three” Cleveland projected entering this season but the Cavs trio of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Williams did most of the damage against the Jazz, which had the lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get the job done in the end game.
Williams also added 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals while James had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Love ended up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the Cavaliers, which trailed the Jazz, 95-89 in the middle of the final quarter.
The Cavaliers stole the lead with 4:26 to go in the fourth courtesy of a pair of free throws from Love and held on to the lead and the victory to improve their win-loss record to 7-1 for the season.
The Jazz got a big lift from Alec Burks, who scored 24 points off the bench. Utah’s starters Derrick Favors (17 points and 9 rebounds), Gordon Hayward (17 points), Rudy Gobert (15 points) and Rodney Hood (16 points) all finished in double-figure scoring.
The Cavaliers will try to stretch their winning streak to eight when they face the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden on Friday. The Jazz aims to return to the win column Sunday when they face the Miami Heat on the road.