Whatever voodoo that the Jazz have over the Pistons hasn’t worn off. Utah beat the Pistons 105-90 Monday night to make it nine in a row at home over Detroit.
- Utah’s Al Jefferson, who missed the morning shoot around after the news of his Grandmothers death, led the Jazz with 33 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 14-for-18, and made six of his last seven shots. He also did a number on Greg Monroe, limiting his effectiveness.
- The score doesn’t really tell the tale of this one, in fact the Pistons had a good chance to pick this game up. The lead changes hands nine times and was tied 15. And with 5 minutes left in the fourth the game was tied at 87.
- Utah closed the game on a 16-2 run.
- The Jazz, who are last in the league in three point shooting, made seven in the second half alone.
Ben Wallace: “Just one of those places. It’s just tough to play here. No matter who they put on the floor, once they step in this building they become gritty and grimy. Whoever puts that Utah uniform on, it doesn’t matter what they did before.”
- Rodney was well…Stucktacular again. He put up 29 and he’s scored at least 20 points in five of his last six games. He also padded his stat sheet with seven assists and four rebounds against the Jazz, both of which were better than his season averages. He shot 10-for-17.
- From solid defense Saturday night to minimal on Monday. The Pistons allowed Utah to shoot 60 percent in the first half and 54 for the game.
- Brandon Knight shot 4-for-12 and scored 11 points in 31 minutes. He missed six of seven shots during a stretch in the first half. Not a stellar night for Knight, who also had 4 turnovers.
- The Pistons are now 3-16 away from the Palace and haven’t won at Utah since Nov. 6, 2002.
- Four Pistons in double figures.
- The Pistons +/- was all minus for Detroit.
Highlights via NBA.com
- Detroit lost the board war 29-3.
- Wouldn’t Paul Millsap look good in a Pistons uniform?
- Jason Maxiell with three blocks on the night.
- Back to work Wednesday night in Sacramento.