SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Detroit Pistons hadn’t played this well in Utah since John Stockton and Karl Malone were on the Jazz.
Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit shot a season-best 55 percent to blow by the Jazz 114-94 Monday night.
It was the Pistons‘ first victory in Utah since Richard Hamilton had 28 points in an 80-78 squeaker on Nov. 6, 2002, that was aided by an ill Malone taking the night off.
When guard Rodney Stuckey found out, he couldn’t believe it.
“Wow. Well this is very rare, absolutely, but we really played as a team,” said Stuckey, who had 19 points.
“Tonight felt like a pickup game. We were getting things that were so easy,” Jennings said.
“We were both aggressive. We moved around trying to get second shots … and we did a good job being patient,” Monroe said.
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.
“It’s too difficult when you let teams get going like this. They feel good about all the shots they get,” Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said.
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.
“We just took what their defense gave us. We were able to move the ball around, we were making shots and we made everybody look good tonight,” Jennings said.