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Jazz 110, Pistons 89

The SportsXchange

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Utah rookie point guard Trey Burke pumped in 20 points and had a career-high 12 assists to propel the Jazz to a 110-89 romp past Detroit on Friday night at The Palace.

Burke, who led the University of Michigan to the national championship game last season, got a measure of revenge against the Michigan pro team that passed on him during the draft lottery in June. The player Detroit selected ahead of Burke, shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, was limited to five points.

Center Enes Kanter had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Jazz. Power forward Marvin Williams supplied 17 points and seven rebounds and small forward Richard Jefferson added 13 points.

Utah (14-27), which scored 16 straight points during a stretch spanning the second and third quarters to take command, has won 15 of the last 16 meetings.

Jazz leading scorer Gordon Hayward missed his fourth consecutive game with a left hip flexor.

Reserve guard Rodney Stuckey led Detroit (16-23), which has lost six of its last seven home games, with 21 points. Forward Kyle Singler contributed 13 points and center Andre Drummond posted his Eastern Conference-leading 28th double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Jazz finished the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 58-45 halftime lead as the Pistons missed their last six shots from the field.

Utah also scored the first eight points of the second half to gain a 21-point advantage. It capped the outburst with a Jefferson steal and layup and center Derrick Favors' putback dunk.

Singler's 3-pointer ended Detroit's scoring drought. A Jefferson 3-pointer got Utah's lead back to 21 at 79-58 and when Burke found Williams for a layup, the Jazz led 85-61.

NOTES: Utah hasn't lost a season series to Detroit since 2002-03. The teams play again in Utah on March 24. ... Pistons G Rodney Stuckey was assessed a flagrant-one foul during the second quarter for bumping Jazz SG Alec Burks. ... The Pistons rank last in the NBA in free throw shooting (66.2 percent) and 3-point shooting (31.2 percent). ... Detroit began a stretch of eight games in 13 nights. ... Jazz rookie PG Trey Burke reached double figures in scoring in 22 of his first 28 games. "He's learned a lot and he has a lot more to learn," Utah coach Ty Corbin said. "He's coming in every day to work to get better. As he gets better, we will be better." ... Pistons PG Brandon Jennings has at least 10 assists in 14 games this season after posting double digits in assists 13 times in 80 games with Milwaukee last season. ... The Jazz have six players age 22 or younger on the roster, the most in the league. ... Utah hit the midway point of the regular season without a winning streak of more than two games.
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