Jazz 115, Pistons 104

Most NBA coaches would be thrilled by their team scoring 247

points in two nights, especially in consecutive road victories.

Jerry Sloan, though, wasn’t impressed.

A night after putting up 132 points in a rout of Chicago,

Sloan’s Utah Jazz put on another offensive show, beating the

Detroit Pistons 115-104 on Wednesday.

But the coach wasn’t happy with the defense.

“I’m not focused on our scoring, I’m worried about our

defense,” Sloan said. “It’s a matter of concentration, and

there’s no excuse for losing focus like we did in the second half


Utah was never seriously threatened after outscoring the Pistons

35-14 in the second quarter, despite allowing 61 second-half


“I thought we played awfully well in the second quarter, but

they put us back on our heels in the second half,” Sloan said. “I

had to make some substitutions because we had people trying to get

cute instead of just winning the game.”

Deron Williams, who is 9-0 in his career against Detroit, led

seven Utah players in double figures with 18 points and 12


“I’ve never lost to them? I guess I’ll have to keep that

going,” Williams said. “We always play well in this building, and

I thought we played well tonight, but if you look at the boxscore,

they outscored us in every quarter but the second. Our defense

still isn’t where we need it to be.”

Former Pistons center Mehmet Okur finished with 18 points, and

Carlos Boozer had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit also had seven players score at least 10 points, led by

Charlie Villanueva’s 19, but couldn’t avoid its seventh loss in

eight games.

“It’s tough to take anything positive out of a game you lose,”

Villanueva said. “We just can’t dig ourselves into a hole like


The Pistons led 29-28 after the first quarter, but the Jazz

began the second with a 14-0 run and led 63-43 at the half. Utah

outshot Detroit 59 percent to 39 percent in the half, and had 20

assists against just four turnovers.

“The second quarter was great – that was a flawless quarter,”

Williams said. “We got a lot of stops, we shared the ball, and we

got out and ran in transition.”

Detroit narrowed the gap to 85-74 late in the third, but could

never string together enough stops to get Utah’s lead to single


“You go up 29-28 after the first quarter, and then they go on a

14-0 run, and within four or five minutes, you are working uphill

just to get close,” Pistons coach John Kuester said. “We don’t

have a large margin for error right now, especially against an

outstanding team.”

Utah, which has beaten the Pistons 10 straight times, reached

triple digits on Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer with 8:18 to play. By the

time the Jazz finished off the victory, one of the smallest Palace

crowds in recent history had dwindled.

NOTES: Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was cleared to resume

exercising, less than a week after collapsing on the Detroit bench

and being taken out of the arena on a stretcher. Stuckey was tested

by three cardiologists, who found no heart problems. He said before

the game that he hopes to play again this season. … Ben Wallace

missed his fourth straight game with a right knee strain. … The

Pistons announced an attendance of 16,908, but the actual crowd

appeared to be much smaller.