Drummond, Pistons blow by Jazz 114-94 to snap skid
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons shot a season-best 55 percent to blow by the Utah Jazz 114-94 Monday night.
Rodney Stuckey scored 19, Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Jennings added 15 points to help the Pistons snap a 14-game road losing streak in the finale of a four-game Western Conference trip.
Gordon Hayward scored 32 points – his highest total since he had 37 against Oklahoma City on Jan. 7 – to lead the Jazz, who have lost seven of eight.
Hayward converted a three-point play to slice the lead to 88-76 with 10:03 to play, but the Jazz couldn’t get any closer. Each time they made a run, the Pistons responded with a 3-pointer or a basket near the rim.
Detroit went 9 for 17 from 3-point range and ended a five-game losing streak.
Just as they did when their comeback fell just short against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, the Pistons used crisp ball movement to find open shots. They topped their previous mark for accuracy (54 percent) set against Atlanta on Feb. 21.
Monroe scored on a pass from Kyle Singler to stake the Pistons to their largest lead at 71-46 in the third quarter.
Even after losing five straight, the Pistons still have an outside shot at the playoffs but they need more efforts like this one. Detroit outrebounded Utah 53-33 and hounded the Jazz into going 7 of 27 from beyond the arc.
The Pistons gained a game on the Hawks, who lost to Phoenix on Monday, but still trail them by 5 1/2 games for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth with 12 games remaining.
The Jazz missed the offensive creativity of Alec Burks, the team’s second-leading scorer. He sat out his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Utah’s roster doesn’t feature many players who can create their own shot, and once the Pistons interrupted the Jazz sets, they were forced into several off-balance jumpers to beat the shot clock.
In the first half, the Pistons didn’t miss many attempts, shooting at a 61 percent clip. When they did happen to misfire, they were often there to get the rebound and put the ball back in. Of their 16 misses, the Pistons retrieved nine of them on their way to a 60-40 halftime lead.
The Pistons avenged a 110-89 loss at home Jan. 17 when Burke led Utah with 20 points and 12 assists. This time around, the former Michigan star was outplayed by both Jennings and Stuckey and shot just 6 of 15 for 15 points with two assists.
The Jazz, who have shown effort throughout this trying season, looked spent and splintered against Detroit. Players and coaches were yelling at each other, no one was sprinting to the timeout huddles and hustle plays were few and far between. The Jazz, who never led, own the worst record in the Western Conference.
NOTES: The Jazz were only able to convert Detroit’s 13 turnovers into six points. … The last time Detroit won in Salt Lake City was on Nov. 6, 2002. . The Pistons outscored the Jazz 34-17 in the second, their most dominant quarter of the season.