Jazz 90, Pistons 87By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Jan 12, 2013 10:10 PM EST
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Al Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Utah Jazz rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat the Detroit Pistons 90-87 at The Palace on Saturday. Randy Foye and Paul Millsap added 17 points apiece for Utah (20-19), which has won an NBA-high 10 games after trailing by double figures. The Jazz bounced back from an eight-point loss at Atlanta on Friday in which it squandered a 15-point lead. Utah led by 13 late at Detroit, then staved off a Pistons rally. Brandon Knight led the Pistons (14-24), who had won seven of their last nine, with 16 points and Will Bynum had 13. Greg Monroe added 12 points but only had two in the second half. Jefferson and Millsap combined for 16 third-quarter points as the Jazz outscored the Pistons 25-11 and grabbed a 64-61 lead. That was a complete turnaround from the previous night for Detroit, which outscored Milwaukee 33-11 in the third en route to a 16-point victory. Jefferson scored eight points during a 15-2 Jazz run that tied the game at 56-56. He soon gave his club its first lead, 60-59, on a 16-foot jumper with 1:52 left in the quarter. Detroit tied it in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter despite two Jefferson dunks. A Foye 3-pointer then kicked off a 12-2 Utah outburst that gave it an 83-74 advantage with 4:54 remaining. Alec Burks' jumper gave the Jazz a seemingly comfortable 88-75 lead with 3:26 remaining. Then Bynum sparked Detroit's furious comeback, and when his steal led to a Knight layup with 27.1 seconds left Utah's lead was down to 89-87. Millsap made one of two free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining for a three-point advantage. Knight missed a contested 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. Monroe and Knight scored 10 points apiece to lift the Pistons to a 50-39 halftime lead. Detroit scored 11 of the first 13 points and shot 56.3 percent while forcing 10 turnovers. Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley did not play in the second half because of an illness. He was scoreless in six minutes. NOTES: The Jazz won 12 of the last 13 meetings. The teams will meet again March 11 in Utah, where the Pistons haven't won since Nov. 6, 2002. ... Utah plays 10 of its next 12 games at home, beginning with Miami on Monday. ... Jazz forward Marvin Williams missed his third straight game with right knee inflammation. He could return sometime next week, according to coach Ty Corbin. ... Pistons center Andre Drummond leads all qualifying rookies in rebounding (7.3) and blocks (1.7). He has also moved into the league's top 10 with 54 dunks, mostly off Will Bynum lob passes. "You need to have the space to make those plays," coach Lawrence Frank said. "Will is one of our best pick-and-roll players and Andre is our best finisher but if there's not space on the court, those lobs aren't there." ... Detroit entered the game ninth in points against, defensive field goal percentage and rebounding percentage. ... Greg Monroe had 26 points and 11 rebounds at Milwaukee on Friday, the 16th time he has reached 20 points and 10 rebounds since the start of last season. LeBron James (27), Dwight Howard (24 last season) and Josh Smith (21) are the only Eastern Conference players with more during that stretch.
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