Cavaliers beat Jazz 129-113 with 26 from Caris LeVert.

Salt Lake City — Caris LeVert scored 26 points and Jarrett Allen 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Utah Jazz 129-113 on Tuesday. Donovan Mitchell missed Tuesday's game due to injury management, thus LeVert started. The Cavs' Evan Mobley scored 21 points and reserve Sam Merrill scored 18 on six 3-pointers. Cleveland got 38 assists on 46 baskets and shot 54%.

We try to take the play that's there and we have enough talent on this team that if we make the simple play, defenses will have to make tough choices,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. The Cavaliers led wire-to-wire and scored 26 points off 20 Jazz turnovers. They ended a four-game road losing run.

“This was one of those nights where we played our type of basketball,” Allen said. “The ball moved. Talking defense.” Utah's Brice Sensabaugh scored 22 points on six 3-pointers, matching his freshman season high.

“I think it was just a matter of time before I started getting my rhythm,” Sensabaugh said. “I struggled for a while... but the rim is opening up.” Collin Sexton scored 19 and had six assists, and Taylor Hendricks scored 18. In their 10th straight loss, the Jazz were without starters Lauri Markkanen and John Collins. Reserve center Walker Kessler missed the second half with a nasal fracture.

Cleveland led 23-9 midway through the first quarter after making their opening seven shots. The Cavaliers scored 40 points in the quarter on 68% shooting and receiving open looks from the perimeter and rim. That period included 13 assists on 15 field goals.

Allen remarked, “We wanted to send a message from the beginning of the game.” “We wanted to get back to how we play basketball, and the first quarter was that.” Besides poor defense, the Jazz had seven first-quarter turnovers.

We’ve got to play with more force when we have the ball,” Utah coach Will Hardy said. You can't expect people to move. We may get bumped and hit.” Darius Garland's 3-pointer gave Cleveland a 45-29 advantage before Utah rallied. Omer Yurtseven's three-point play ended an 11-2 run and trimmed the score to 50-45.

Three dunks by Allen and Mobley extended the advantage to double digits and started a 17-2 run that left the Cavaliers up 67-47 at halftime. “I thought our energy level was high and that’s what we talked about with the guys, making sure a young team didn’t outcompete and outwork us,” Bickerstaff said.

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