LeBron James’ birthday, and the end of Cavs’ road trip, didn’t end on a high note.
On Saturday in Utah, the Cavs lost to the Jazz 104-101 after Utah went on 23-3 run to start the second half and Cleveland’s comeback in the fourth quarter came up shor. James missed a shot at the rim with under a minute to go. Had he made the shot, the Cavs would have trailed by just one.
James, on his 33rd birthday, lead the Cavs with 29 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and six turnovers. Jeff Green added 22 points off the bench, while Ken Love finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but was just 6-16 from the field. Love, though, hit a three-pointer with 1:35 to go that cut the Jazz’s lead to one, but a Dwyane Wade missed a three-pointer shortly after that would have given the Cavs a two-point lead.
Tristan Thompson had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench in what may have been his best game since returning from injury. Rookie Donovan Mitchell lead Utah with 29 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.
The Cavs have now lost four of five overall. They next play on Tuesday at home against the Trail Blazers.