Not-ready-for-prime-time Detroit Pistons bounced by Utah Jazz, 97-83
DETROIT (AP) — It appeared that the Detroit Pistons weren’t fully ready to play Wednesday night — and the Utah Jazz took advantage.
The Jazz held Detroit to 35 points in the first half and went on to a 97-83 victory in their final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
“We were really fundamentally sound in the first half, and played good defense,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I don’t give that out very easily, but that’s as sound and solid as we’ve been in a while.”
Gordon Hayward had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Rudy Gobert had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Utah won for the sixth time in seven games, but a late rally by Detroit forced Snyder to use his starters late with a game tonight in Cleveland.
Aron Baynes had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, which lost for the second straight night and is in danger of falling back out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons lost 128-96 in Cleveland on Tuesday.
“We’ve been bad in back-to-backs all season, but this was the worst we’ve been,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t play in either game. We didn’t even have a legitimately good stretch in either game.”