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>>caption: UTAH'S DERON WILLIAMS
(L) DRIVES AROUND WILL BYNUM (R)
@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
The Utah Jazz continued their
domination of the Detroit Pistons,
scoring a victory for the 10th
consecutive meeting betweeen the
two teams, 115-104 Wednesday
As the final score indicates, little
defense was played.
The defeat mathematically guaranteed
the Pistons a second consecutive losing season.
Although Detroit posted 61-P after intermission it was too late due to a 31-14
Jazz outburst in the 2nd-Qtr that included a 14-0 run which had given the visitors
a 20-P (63-43) halftime advantage.
Seven players on each team scored in double figures as the Jazz outshot the
Pistons 56.3% (45-of-80) to 43.5% (37-of-85).
Deron Williams led Utah with 18-P plus a game-high 12-A. Former Piston Mehmet
Okur also scored 18-P as did Paul Millsap (on 7-of-10 shooting). Wesley Matthews
and Kyle Korver each added 14-P. Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Boozer both had
11-P with Boozer grabbing a game-high 12-RB.
Charlie Villanueva had a game-high 19-P off the Detroit bench. Starting guards
Rip Hamilton and Will Bynum had 16 & 14-P respectively. Jonas Jarebko potted 13-P.
Tayshaun Prince and Ben Gordon each netted 11-P. Jason Maxiell scored 10-P with
a team-high 11-RB.
The Jazz are now 42-22 and the Pistons 22-42.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "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. We don't have a large margin for error right now, especially
against an outstanding team."
PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA: "It's tough to take anything positive out of
a game you lose. We just can't dig ourselves into a hole like that...Give them credit.
They made a lot of tough shots. They just seemed to get hot at the right time, and
we couldn't answer."
JAZZ GD DERON WILLIAMS: "I've never lost to them? [Williams is 9-0 in his NBA
career vs Detroit.] I guess I'll have to keep that going. 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...The second quarter was great -- that was a flawless quarter.
We got a lot of stops, we shared the ball, and we got out and ran in transition."
After exams by three cardiologists who found nothing wrong with Rodney
Stuckey after the Piston guard's collapse on the Detroit bench last Friday at
Cleveland, Stuckey has been cleared to resume exercising. Stuckey hopes to play
again this season, which has just over a month to go.
Piston CEN Ben Wallace missed his fopurth straight game with a right patella
tendon (knee) strain.
The Pistons host Washington Friday night.
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