Former Jazzman C.J. Miles coming back to Utah after career shooting night
SALT LAKE CITY — Former Jazzman C.J. Miles had ups and downs during seven seasons in Utah. He’s also had ups and downs in two seasons in Cleveland, but he had his best game since leaving Utah Tuesday night when he made a franchise-record 10 3-point shots on his way to a 34-point night.
Miles sank 10 of 14 3-pointers in a 111-93 victory over Philadelphia, including eight in the first half. He didn’t quite match his career high of 40 points, which he recorded in his last year in Utah, but it was his best night since joining the Cavaliers. He came up two short of the NBA record of 12 made 3-pointers.
His breakout game caught the attention of his old coach, Tyrone Corbin, who acknowledged that he keeps his eye on his former players.
“You always have interest in the guys you work with in your franchise and I do pay attention to it,’’ he said. “When you have a game like C.J. had, you root for the guy because we had him, or Kyle (Korver) having 105 games with a 3-pointer and setting the record there. You love seeing the guys you have relationships with continuing to do well.’’
Miles has started 22 games this season and averages 10.1 points in 20 minutes per contest. He’s shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range and 42.4 percent overall.
“He’s a 3-point shooter and he got hot and set a franchise record,’’ Corbin continued. “That’s the kind of shooter he is, when he gets going, there’s not a 3-pointer he doesn’t think he can’t make.’’
NOT A FAN: Although he went to college at the University of Michigan, Jazz rookie guard Trey Burke grew up in Ohio, which means he must have been a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, right?
When asked Thursday if he was a Cavs fan, Burke quickly shrugged if off, saying, “Obviously I wanted them to win some games being from Ohio, but I never really had a favorite NBA team or NFL team.’’
JAZZ NOTES: After Friday’s game, the Jazz get the rest of the weekend off before facing Denver at home Monday night. Then it’s off on a three-game road trip to San Antonio Wednesday, Detroit on Friday and Minnesota on Saturday. ... With 12 wins, the Jazz have more victories than three teams and the same as three other teams. ... Matthew Dellavedova, the rookie out of St. Mary’s who has averaged 4.6 points per game in 27 games, made a big sacrifice when Luol Deng joined the team earlier this week. He gave up his No. 9 jersey and took No. 8 so Deng could keep his longtime No. 9. ... Anthony Bennett, the forward out of UNLV who the Cavs took with the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, has been a bit of a bust so far. He averages just 2.5 points on 27.2 percent shooting in 10 minutes per game.
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