Official postgame quotes and notes following the Jazz's 101-90 road victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
JERRY SLOAN (On production from Raja Bell and C.J. Miles): "Raja came back and shot the ball really well. He's struggled a little bit with his shooting, but he had some good looks at the basket and he knocked them down and that makes a big difference with our team. C.J. also made some shots out there." (On keys to efficiency of Jazz offense): "As long as we pass the ball and take decent shots, it helps us on the other end as well. It helps us get to have some court balance to be able to get back. Now, they (Cavs) got back and beat us a few times, but generally speaking, that's what we always hope to have. Then, you have to make some. If you don't make them, it doesn't make any difference what you run." (On Jazz making better effort at rebounding): "Yeah, I think we've done a little bit better. When we get a little more familiar with the offense and where shots come from, there's places for you to go offensive rebound. Defensively, we tried to stay between our man and the basket. If you do that, you're in pretty good position to rebound." (On Deron Williams): "He (Williams) is a terrific player. To get over screens is something the way he does defensively always amazes me. He's really good at getting over the top of stuff, underneath, whatever the case may be, to try to defend and that's not easy with some of the small people you have to play. But, we need to have that out of everybody. Everybody needs to be better defensively, day in and day night." (On tying Pat Riley for most coaching wins): "I don't have any. That's not how I ever played and that's not how I've coached. Obviously, I like to win. I couldn't win without the coaches I've had with me. That's the main thing. When you talk about coach of the year and that sort of thing, I've always felt it should be staff rather than a coach." (On winning in Cleveland after six straight losses): "Well, they're a different team. I wonder why. In all fairness to them, they had a great player here and he left, and this organization had some struggle before that. But, they'll fight through it again, I'm sure." DERON WILLIAMS (On Raja Bell's performance): "He's going through some injuries and they've been tough on him. It's hard to get into a rhythm when you play a couple of games, then you're out a couple of games. I thought he did a great job coming out and setting the tone for us. He shot the ball well, which opens everything up for us. He played a great game tonight." (On team balance tonight): "That's what good teams do. We've got a lot of weapons and it's a matter of time before they all start clicking at the same time. This was one of those games where nobody played off the charts. It was a good, solid win for us." (On keys to Jazz offensive efficiency): "I think it's our defense. I thought our defense, after that first little start, kind of clamped down, especially in some spots. When we're active on defense, we're getting stops, the offense is able to flow a little better. When we're unselfish and we make the extra passes, our offense is a lot better." (On Jerry Sloan tying Pat Riley for most coaches wins): "I mean, the man is in the Hall of Fame already. What more is there to say." C.J. MILES (On keys to his performance): "I'm taking my time and being aggressive. I shot threes tonight, but not so much just catching and shooting. I got a little space and I was taking my time, I put it on the floor a couple of times. I was making cuts to the basket, using the curls, using those big guys. Also, I was looking to make the play, not looking to shoot every time. Stuff opens up better that way when you're mind's not made up. Defensively, I was just active rebounding, which allowed us to get out and run. I was just trying to be involved in the game." (On keys to efficiency of offense): "Screening, moving with a purpose and us playing defense allows us to get up and down the floor and get our bodies going. We get easy baskets and everybody is real alert. When everybody is scoring, everybody is going, you never get tired. It's great, we're talking to each other defensively and getting out and running."
The Cavs had at least five players score in double figures for the 15th time this season: Daniel Gibson (29), Mo Williams (16), Antawn Jamison (13), Anthony Parker (11), and J.J. Hickson (10).