Cavaliers pile up wins and LeBron James’ triple doubles on homestand, beat Utah 109-100

CLEVELAND — This Cavaliers’ homestand was about two things: wins and triple doubles for LeBron James.

Cleveland swept its four-game stay at The Q by finishing off the Utah Jazz, 109-100, for coach Tyronn Lue’s 100th win. James posted yet another triple double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

It was James’ second consecutive triple double, third on the homestand, and 60th (in the regular season) of his career, moving him past Larry Bird for sixth place in NBA history.

The Cavs have won 17 of 18 games and 11 in a row at home. James is averaging a triple double during the home winning streak, entering Saturday’s game averaging 29.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.2 assists.

James, who turns 33 in two weeks, scored 10 in the fourth quarter. He shot 9-of-15 from the field and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the line.

"I know what I’m doing has not been done a lot in the history of the game, even at my age and if you look at the minutes I’ve played, the consecutive Finals I’ve been a part of and just the toll on my body, it hasn’t been done," James said.

Kevin Love scored 15 points, and three more Cleveland reserves scored in double figures, including rookie Cedi Osman. His 10 points were a career high, and he played the entire fourth quarter. He scored five, including a 3-pointer with 6:14 left for a 94-86 lead, and he contributed a crucial steal late.

"He was playing well and it was a tough game for Channing (Frye) because they played five smalls in that second half," Lue said of Osman, who was 4-of-5 from the field and contributed four rebounds in a career-high 23 minutes. "In that fourth quarter they went small, so the matchups were better having Cedi being able to guard the point guards, guard the 2s and 3s. He made some big shots, played hard, played well. We needed him tonight and he gave us a great lift."

Kyle Korver scored 12 and Jeff Green added 11 points.

The Jazz are in the midst of a brutal six-game road trip. Sure, they beat the Celtics on Friday, but lost Rudy Gobert (knee injury) and Derrick Favors (cut above his eye) in that game and neither played against the Cavs.

After games on consecutive night against the East’s top two teams, Utah must play West-leading Houston Monday.

Rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Royce O’Neale and Thabo Sefolosha scored 12 apiece off of Utah’s bench.

The Jazz stayed close with 17 3s on 34 attempts, including four from O’Neale.

For the Cavs, Tristan Thompson looked strong in seven minutes, scoring four points with two rebounds and two steals. His minutes overlapped the first and second quarters and, as planned, he sat the entire second half.

Lue told Thompson would likely be out for Sunday’s game against the Wizards, as he’s not yet ready to play on consecutive nights. He missed Thursday’s game with soreness in his left calf — which he first injured Nov. 1.

James stunned the crowd, and may have even surprised himself, with his finish of Green’s alley-oop pass with 58.7 seconds left in the first quarter.

They were on a fastbreak, with Green on the left and James from the right. James caught Green’s lob with his left hand (wrong side) and dunked it as his body drifted away from the rim. Then, he stared at his left hand for a couple seconds, maybe in disbelief.

James’ bullish drive to the hoop with one second to go in the third quarter put Cleveland ahead 80-73 heading to the fourth.

"He’s great making guys better around him, making guys comfortable, guys liking to play with him," Lue said of James. "He enjoys that. He enjoys getting guys open shots and getting guys to score points. So that’s who he is."

With 10 3s, the Cavs extended their team-record streak to 19 games with at least 10 3-pointers. They’ve also scored at least 100 points in 23 consecutive games.

NEXT: The Cavs hit the road Sunday to play the Washington Wizards at 6 p.m.

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