Auburn Hills – Utah rolled to a 21 point victory Friday night over Detroit 110-89. Defense was outstanding for the Jazz as they held the Pistons to just 43-percent shooting, and caused 15 turnovers on 7 steals and 5 blocked shots.
Returning to Michigan for the first time to play since entering the NBA, rookie Trey Burke lead the Jazz with a double-double, scoring 20 points and adding 12 assists. Burke’s did however commit 7 turnovers in his homecoming, perhaps showing a little nerve. Jazz big man Enes Kanter again contributed heavily from the bench scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Marvin Williams added 17 points and 7 rebounds of his own. The Jazz are finding ways to get it done, and nicely filling in the scoring gap while their leading scorer Gordon Hayward missed another game, his fourth straight with a left hip flexor.
Detroit was lead my Rodney Stuckey, 21 points and 6 rebounds, while the rest of the Piston’s seemed lackadaisical and flat coming off a five day layoff before the contest. Their record falls to 16-23 while the Jazz improve to 14-27.
Next for the Jazz, the Timberwolves on Saturday night in Minnesota.