Hot start propels Jazz to 110-79 win over Pistons
Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles (2) dribbles after stealing the ball from Detroit Pistons' Eric Moreland, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)
By John Coon, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, one of six Jazz players who scored in double figures in Utah's 110-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Joe Ingles added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Jonas Jerebko had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who won their seventh straight and 19th of their past 21 games.
Luke Kennard scored 18 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost 11-of-14.
Utah never trailed and buried Detroit early, shooting 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the floor in the first quarter and scoring on its final 10 possessions to take a 42-21 lead at the end of the period. Four players — Gobert, Jerebko, Derrick Favors and Jae Crowder — each went 3-for-3 from the field in the quarter.
Detroit got within 44-29 in the second quarter, but Utah responded quickly. Gobert dunked and Ingles turned a steal into a transition three-pointer to push Utah's lead to 52-31.
Donovan Mitchell hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the third quarter and put the Jazz ahead 81-51.
Pistons: Detroit lost its 10th consecutive road game. The Pistons' last road victory was 114-80 over Brooklyn on Jan. 10 (Jan. 11, PHL time). ... F Reggie Bullock did not play after injuring his back and right knee in a vehicle crash on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Bullock has averaged 17.8 points for Detroit over his last five games. ... The Pistons forced the Jazz to commit 24 turnovers.
Jazz: Posted season highs in points and field goal percentage in the first quarter. ... The Jazz registered 29 assists on 42 field goals. ... Jerebko matched his season high with eight rebounds. Utah finished with a 52-32 advantage on the glass.
Pistons: Visit the Nuggets on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Jazz: Host the Suns on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).