A curious affliction hit the Cavaliers as soon as Kyrie Irving came close to securing his 10th rebound of the night, the one which would give him his first career triple-double in Cleveland's 99-79 triumph over Utah on Friday.

"You go 'alligator arms' on the boards," forward Spencer Hawes admitted.

It's a malady where every Cavalier found himself boxing out for a rebound, keeping Jazz players away from the ball, feigning effort and then recoiling ... and hoping that Irving would somehow wind up with the ball.

It finally happened with 4:12 remaining and the outcome already well in hand – thanks in large part to Irving's 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, combined with a free-flowing offense that scored points in bunches and an active defense that held Utah to 38 points in the second half.

Irving's triple-double included matching his career-high in assists, and logging the franchise's first triple-double since LeBron James had one March 16, 2010.

And it also meant the Cavaliers second straight win, one which pulled them to 24-36 and within 3.5 games of idle Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"That was big for the young guy to come up with his first triple-double in a game we needed," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.

That it came in a game where the Cavaliers were short-handed and down to an eight-man rotation because of injuries to Anderson Varejao (back), Dion Waiters (knee), C.J. Miles (ankle) and Anthony Bennett (knee), was an even bigger accomplishment, perhaps.

The victory was a shaky proposition until the third quarter, when the Cavaliers emerged from the halftime locker room with a renewed focus on offensive ball movement and defensive effort.

The result was a 30-19 scoring edge over the Jazz, and nine points, four assists and four rebounds from Irving.

From there, the game became an Irving Watch as he needed three rebounds in the fourth quarter to record his first career triple-double.

"A couple fans were yelling at me that I need three more rebounds to get a triple-double, and I said, 'I got you guys, I got you,'" Irving said, smiling. "But they were giving me a lot of support, which I really appreciate. Having my first triple-double at home makes it that much more special."

The triple-double was special for Irving, but he admitted the victory was just as important.

"He's an All-Star and I think the numbers are always going to be there for Kyrie," Jazz forward Richard Jefferson said. "I think the next step and the next growth for him is obviously the team play and how many wins his play get for (the Cavaliers). That's what they want to see from him. Numbers are not something taht people are going to base around his career. He's got so much talent and so much ability, but the win-loss column is something that is going to really dictate what people think of him."

The one stain in the Irving celebration: Another fan sprinted onto the court at The Q and approached Irving with 6:20 remaining. It marked the third time a fan has run onto the court in Cleveland in the last 12 months.

This time, the fan sprinted to Irving, shook his hand, and promptly was tackled by security.