In the first quarter, Utah shot 57 percent (13-of-23) and had 11 assists. But its offense disappeared thereafter. A layup by James gave Cleveland the lead for good at 41-39 with 3:31 remaining in the first half and started a 10-5 closing surge.
Ilgauskas scored all 18 of his points in the first three quarters and Jones made four 3-pointers in the third period as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to their third straight win, a 110-85 victory over the Utah Jazz.
LeBron James scored 25 points in less than three quarters for Cleveland, which overcame a slow start to outscore Utah, 60-30, in the middle two periods
Luke Jackson scored a career-high 14 points and Drew Gooden added 10 for the Cavaliers, who beat the Jazz for the fifth time in the last six meetings.
Cleveland’s Ira Newble made his debut for the first time this season with five points and two blocks in 23 minutes.
“I was just trying to run and get in game shape,” Newble said. “It was like preseason for me. I definitely can get out there and mix it up on defense.”
The Cavaliers shot a season-high 57 percent (36-of-63) from the field, including 6-of-11 from the arc, and attempted 44 free throws. They scored 18 fast-break points.
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