After the second of C.J. Miles’ two jumpers early in the fourth quarter Wednesday, Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks turned and looked at his old teammate.
“I see what you’re doing,” Burks said.
“Stick around,” Miles told him. “Don’t leave me.”
In a season full of giveaways and lousy losses, the Cavs finally stole a game on a night they were lethargic, sloppy on offense and completely out of the game with three minutes to play.
Miles’ hot hand in the fourth quarter had a lot to do with it. So did Kyrie Irving, who scored eight points and came up with a huge steal in the game’s final 2:35. When Mo Williams missed two huge shots in the final five seconds — no punchline needed — the Cavs danced off the court with a 104-101 victory that could have far-reaching ramifications.
The Jazz are a mess, losers of five of their past six. Their freefall has plunged them from the sixth seed in the West to eighth, just 1½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers after the Lakers’ stunning comeback from 17 points down with nine minutes to go Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets.
Kyrie Irving puts finishing touches on stunning rally ignited by C.J. Miles
Akron Beacon Journal | Mar 7