NBA: Gordon Hayward of Utah Jazz Erupts with 28 Points in Defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers
The team of Utah Jazz spoiled the debut game of Kyle Korver as a Cavalier as the Salt Lake City-based basketball team defeated the defending champions with a 100-92 win at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday evening.
According to ESPN, Gordon Hayward scored team-high 28 points and grabbed nine defensive rebounds in leading the Jazz to the victory. The 26-year-old small forward went 10-for-12 from the field and connected four of his five attempts from beyond the area while going four of five from the stripe.
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Hayward went blow for blow with the NBA's four-time MVP LeBron James in the second half of the match to help Utah overpower the visiting team.
"His level being so high consistently is what's separating him right now," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said after the game pertaining to Hayward's impressive game performance.
"He had big games last year at various times last year. But he's up at that level more for longer periods during the game," the 2009 NBA D-League Coach of the Year added.
According to the official website of the NBA, the victory was Utah's 24th win in 40 games played this season. They are currently tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the fifth and sixth spot in the 15-club Western Conference team standing.
The Jazz had also improved their home game win-loss record to 13-7 and had won six of the last 10 games played.
They registered a 38-79 shooting from the two-point range as a team and posted 13-24 from the three-point area while moving the ball better with a 22-15 advantage over the Cavs in the assist category.
On the other hand, the Cavaliers suffered its ninth loss of the season and their sixth on road games. Cleveland remains the Eastern Conference top team with 28 victories in 37 matches played.
James finished with game-high 29 points and Kyrie Irving contributed with 20 markers for the reigning Ohio-based NBA kings.
The Detroit Pistons will be the next game assignment of the Jazz on Friday in the Salt Lake City.