Former Jazz swingman C.J. Miles added 12 points in his return to Salt Lake City, but shot 4 of 11, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range.
"It was good to see everybody," said Miles, who still has a home in the area and received a warm reception with a few boos mixed in. "It definitely brought back some memories. I wish we could have come out with the victory."
He said the Cavs got a little "stagnant" in the third quarter.
"We depend too much on trying to play one-on-one, which makes the game harder on ourselves."
The Cavs shot just 41 percent and were outscored 46-36 in the paint and dominated on the break.
Plenty of credit goes to veteran Jazz point guards Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson, sharing time in place of injured Mo Williams. They pushed the pace and finished with a combined 13 assists.
Tinsley started a 9-0 third-quarter run with a layup and Al Jefferson (14 points, 11 rebounds), capped it with a powerful dunk after faking out Tyler Zeller.
Irving's 3-pointer tied it at 43 with 3:31 left in the half.
But the second quarter belong to DeMarre Carroll, who had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, with two rebounds and a steal in eight minutes to give Utah a five-point lead heading into halftime.
"They are an aggressive basketball team," Scott said. "I thought the first half we matched that and they second half we were overmatched."
NOTES: The loudest cheer came in the first quarter when former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was shown on the big screen. . Waiters had the highlight reel dunk over Favors with 10:10 left in the half. Waiters was 3 of 3 for eight points in the second. ... Hayward started 0 of 5 for Utah and finished with five points. .This is the 11th straight game the Jazz have dished out 20-plus assists. . The Cavs are 1-20 in games when trailing at halftime and 0-13 when shooting a lower field goal percentage.