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Final: Foye, Favors lead Jazz past Cavaliers

Published January 19, 2013 7:26 pm

NBA • Jazz get fifth win in six games.
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The Utah Jazz return to action after a four-day break Saturday night, when they play host to Cleveland at EnergySolutions Arena.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Root Sports.

The Jazz have not played since a 104-97 victory over Miami on Monday night. It was their fourth win in the last five games.

Utah is 21-19 heading into the game against the Cavaliers, who are only 10-31 but coming off a 93-88 victory at Portland.

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin gave his team two days off before resuming practice Thursday and Friday.

According to Gordon Hayward, the break came at an opportune time for Utah, which already has played 24 road games.

"It was good for us to get that rest," Hayward said. "We've kind of been going non-stop."

Hayward isn't worried the Jazz lost their edge during the break because of the two hard practices.

"They were competitive," he said, "and I think that's how it should be — trying to make each other better."

The Jazz are 9-5 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, including 3-0 at home. They have beaten the Cavaliers five straight times, going back to 2009.

Cleveland is led by point guard Kyrie Irving, who averages 23.3 points and 5.6 assists.

He is joined in the backcourt by Rookie of the Year candidate Dion Waiters, who averages 14.5 points.

Waiters missed the Cavs' shootaround Saturday morning, however, and is listed as questionable for the game against Utah.