Utah Bebops Detroit: Jazz 115, Pistons 104

I only caught the final six minutes of this one and, despite my best efforts to indulge the masochist in me, because the game was on NBA TV, I can't watch it on demand via my NBA League Pass.

Therefore, you're stuck with potent quotes from the mainstream media, who may or may not use less cuss words than I would have.

What Happened? The Detroit Free Press has the basic overview:

The Jazz had seven players in double figures as they posted their 10th straight victory over Detroit. Former Pistons center Mehmet Okur finished with 18 points, while 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.

Cue people jumping into their DeLorean's to go back in time to re-sign Mehmet Okur instead of Rasheed Wallace. "Where we're going we don't need roads."

And it's not to the playoffs, as MLIVE astutely points out:

The loss was the 42nd of the season for the Pistons, who saw their streak of seven consecutive seasons come to an end when they finished 39-43 last season. The Pistons would finish 40-42 if they were to win all of their remaining 18 games.

Detroit's string of eight consecutive seasons with a playoff berth is all but certain to end this season. The Pistons trail Miami -- the No. 8 team in the Eastern Conference -- by 10 games with 18 to play.

Have the Pistons fallen so far that despite Utah's convincing win it still leaves the opposing coach upset at his team's effort? Yes, according to ESPN:

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 tonight."

Utah was never seriously threatened after outscoring the Pistons 35-14 in the second quarter, despite allowing 61 second-half points.

And, boy, was that second quarter bad. Via SBN:

Detroit held a 29-28 lead after one quarter, but Utah dominated the Pistons, 35-14, in the second.

The Jazz began the frame on a 14-0 run, as Korver, Ronnie Price and Millsap each hit a pair of shots. Millsap's basket with eight minutes until halftime made it 42-29, and the margin escalated to 20, 61-41, on a pair of Okur free throws with 1 1/2 minutes left. The halftime score was 63-43.

Deron Williams described the win as "pretty flawless," according to the Salt Lake Tribune. I think "flawless" is the right word to describe the Jazz's record against the Pistons over the past five years, but "pretty flawless" was not the defense in this one. It might be the best way to describe the last time the Pistons beat the Jazz, though, which seems like a long, long time ago:

The Jazz beat the Pistons for the 10th straight time, now having swept the last five seasons series. Williams is undefeated against Detroit (as well as Toronto) since joining the Jazz. Their last loss to Detroit came March 13, 2005 in a 64-62 decision.

Stat(s) of the night (via NBA.com):

Running a pick and roll clinic, Utah shot 56.3 percent from the field and assisted on 35 of its 45 baskets.

A silver lining is always good (UPDATED -- I originally had Jerebko's tip dunk embedded, but it wasn't loading properly because NBA.com's embedding feature sucks. Instead, enjoy Jerebko hitting 13 of 19 three pointers at a Euro basketball camp):


Here are SportsCenter's abbreviated highlights.

Fill in all the holes in the comments, DBB.

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