The Utah Jazz defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 94-85, on Monday night, and there were plenty of fireworks late in the fourth quarter.
With Utah leading 86-75 at the three-minute, 57-second mark, Jazz forward Trey Lyles hit Cavaliers big man Channing Frye below the belt. Afterward, Frye got in Lyles' face, and the officials eventually ejected both players.
Jody Genessy of the Utah Deseret News recapped how the referees distributed the fouls:
Trey Lyles gets ejected with a Flagrant 2 penalty. Channing Frye gets his second technical and is also ejected.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) March 15, 2016
The Cavaliers have had some rough patches lately, especially in games they feel they should win. On March 7, LeBron James said Cleveland wasn't playoff-ready. And now, after losing to the Jazz one day after an impressive road win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the frustration seems to have reached a boiling point with Frye and Lyles' confrontation.
Cleveland acquired Frye from the Orlando Magic in February to serve as a stretch 4 off the bench and give Kevin Love and James some rest. He was averaging 7.1 points in nine games coming into Monday's contest, and Cleveland is now 5-5 in games he's played since the trade.
Lyles has shown flashes of being a solid contributor for the Jazz for years to come. He scored in double figures for the 10th time Monday, notching 12 points, and scored a career-high 19 points Jan. 14.
Even though he's a rookie, the 20-year-old didn't seem to be intimidated by the veteran Frye, who has 12 years on the big man from Kentucky.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.