The Pistons were led early by Andre Drummond, who the Jazz couldn't stop from doing anything he wanted when cutting toward the basket, and late by Rodney Stuckey, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the final quarter.
It was the first Pistons victory in Utah since 2002, first road win in 14 tries and snapped an overall five-game losing streak.
The Jazz were led by a sweet shooting night from Gordon Hayward, who was one of the few Jazz to play with consistent energy and scored a game-high 32 points, including 3-of-6 from deep and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Cue up a fresh round of Hayward-for-Greg-Monroe trade rumors!
Trey Burke, or, I mean TREY BURKE!, had a rough night all around. That talented rookie point guard could never get his team into a rhythm offensively, and he struggled with his shot and made a number of errors and questionable decisions. It's simply not fair to ask Burke to be your best or go-to player. He would be great on a squad where he is the third or fourth banana and is simply asked to find the open man. But in Utah he has far too much responsibility and he's struggling to work through it. Hopefully it makes him a better player and the Jazz will be able to build around Burke, Hayward and one or more of their big men through the draft and free agency in the offseason.
Who Stood Out
Will Bynum. On a night when just about every player had a good game, it's hard to pick a single bright spot. But this game was won thanks to a key second-quarter surge led by the Will Bynum-Andre Drummond connection. When those two have it going together it's always fun to see, with Bynum making a number of effortless passes and lobs into the paint to a hungry Drummond who would stuff it down.
Bynum made it simply look so easy. Perhaps more credit should go to the Jazz offense, or lack thereof, but with Bynum on the floor in the second quarter everything clicked for the Pistons. The team shot 65 percent in the frame (and a season-high 55 percent on the night), including a perfect 5-for-5 from Drummond. Bynum had six of his nine assists in the second consisting of three lobs and a nifty no-look-pass to Drummond, and wide open 3s for Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler.
Simply, Bynum made the most of his 16+ minutes on the floor.
- Drummond finished the game with 19 points and 14 rebounds on 9-for-10 shooting.
- His partner in crime Greg Monroe had a double-double of his own with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons vaunted young frontline was able to easily outclass the Jazz's young frontline of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.
- Josh Smith receded into the background in this one, and that's usually a good thing. He clanged a couple long jumpers early but decided to keep his shooting to a minimum, at least for him, and finished with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
- Brandon Jennings was able to exploit Utah's woeful defense and play with a looseness that hasn't been on display for a long time. He made quick decisions with the ball all night and those decisions were almost uniformly good. He finished 6-for-9 with eight assists and three turnovers.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored in double figures for the first time since Feb. 1 and got 16 minutes of playing time. Lets hope it's the beginning of a trend.
- Speaking of rookies, the trio of Tony Mitchell, Gigi Datome and Peyton Siva got dusted off for the final 1:47 of garbage time. Play the rookies more, Loyer!
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