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            === Irving notches triple-double as Cavs pound Jazz ===
 Cleveland,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Kyrie Irving  recorded his first career
 triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cleveland
 Cavaliers to a 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena.
 Irving  became the first Cavalier to record a triple-double since LeBron James
 on March 16, 2010.
 Tristan  Thompson  deposited  an  18-point,  14-rebound  double-double,  while
 Spencer  Hawes  scored 13 points  and pulled down 16  boards for the Cavs, who
 have won two straight overall and three straight against Utah.
 "I'm  excited for Kyrie," said Cavs coach Mike Brown. "For him to go out there
 and get his first triple-double, that was very fun to watch."
 Gordon Hayward paced Utah with 18 points, Richard Jefferson chipped in 13, and
 Alec  Burks added  11 in the loss.  The Jazz had their two-game winning streak
 "(The  Cavaliers) were the aggressive team," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "I
 thought  our defense  held us in there  in the first half. We didn't shoot our
 best, but I thought our defense held us in it."
 Hawes  hit a jumper to open the scoring in the contest, but Utah ripped off 10
 straight with Jefferson capping the spurt with a 3.
 Utah  stretched its lead to nine, 21-12, late in the frame and the Jazz led by
 seven entering the second.
 An  11-4 run from  Cleveland to open the second stanza tied the game at 31-31,
 as  Tyler Zeller scored the final four points, including a dunk with just over
 8 1/2 minutes left.
 Both  teams  couldn't muster  much offense  for the  remainder of the quarter.
 Burks  knocked down a 3 to break the tie and end over two minutes of scoreless
 basketball  and a  pair of Hayward free throws broke another deadlock later to
 give the Jazz a 41-39 lead at the break.
 Irving  scored nine points  during an 18-3 run that staked the Cavs to a 63-51
 lead  with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third. Utah trimmed the deficit to seven,
 but  Alonzo  Gee buried a  corner jumper as  time expired. Cleveland led 69-60
 entering the fourth.
 Cleveland  continued to  extend its  lead with  Hawes hitting  a 3  after four
 straight from Irving to open the fourth.
 Cleveland  led by as many as 23 in the fourth and stifled the Jazz to just 13-
 of-41 shooting in the second half.
 With  six  minutes left in  the quarter,  a fan rushed  onto the court and was
 immediately tackled by security and handcuffed before being escorted off.
                                   Game Notes
 Luol  Deng scored  16 points and Zeller added  10 off the bench in the win ...
 Utah shot 28-for-80 (35 percent) from the field, while Cleveland converted 43-
 of-88  (48.9 percent) attempts  ... This was the first game of a six-game road
 trip for Utah ... Cleveland owned a 56-31 advantage on the glass.
 02/28 23:52:54 ET