Jim†Urquhart, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — For all of the recent talk about defense, the Utah Jazz sure came out with one heck of an offensive performance in the first half tonight.
Thanks to 61.5 percent shooting as a team and Paul Millsap's 8-for-8 half, the Jazz lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 52-43 at the break at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Jazz came into this one shooting just 43.1 percent overall.
Al Jefferson (4-for-5, eight points), Derrick Favors (3-for-4, six points) and Josh Howard (2-for-4, six points) have also played key roles as the Jazz take a commanding nine-point lead into the locker room.
Utah (5-3) is looking to win its fifth game in a row, something the Jazz haven't done since December 2010.
Reserve Alonzo Gee (eight points) leads the Cavaliers (4-4), who are only shooting 39 percent. Leading Cav scorer Antawn Jamison, in particular, has struggled, going 3-for-12 with seven points.
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