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Hot start propels Jazz to 110-79 win over Pistons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) If there's such a thing as a perfect quarter, the Utah Jazz came close to playing one.

No one could have scripted a better start to Utah's 110-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night than what unfolded for the Jazz in the first quarter. They never trailed and buried Detroit early behind a barrage of crisp passes and smooth baskets.

Utah went 17 of 21 (81 percent) from the floor in the quarter and scored on its final 10 possessions to take a 42-21 lead at the end of the period. Four players - Rudy Gobert, Jonas Jerebko, Derrick Favors and Jae Crowder - each went 3-for-3 from the field in the period.

''We haven't moved the ball like that all season in my opinion,'' guard Donovan Mitchell said. ''We were clicking and hitting shots.''

Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, one of six Jazz players who scored in double figures. Joe Ingles added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Jerebko had 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Jazz won their seventh straight and 19th of their past 21 games. Utah has lost just four times since Gobert returned to the lineup from a knee injury on Jan. 19.

''It just gets better and better the longer the season goes, the more time we play together, the more we start getting to know each other,'' Jerebko said. ''We're clicking right now and we're just going to keep building.''

Luke Kennard scored 18 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 14.

''We just didn't have any quickness defensively, no reactions, no pressure on the ball,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''They weren't making tough shots. They were executing well, moving the ball well, had good pace to their offense, screened well, did everything well and we couldn't keep up defensively.''

Detroit got within 44-29 in the second quarter, but Utah responded quickly. Gobert dunked and Ingles turned a steal into a transition 3-pointer to push Utah's lead to 52-31.

Donovan Mitchell hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter and put the Jazz ahead 81-51.

The Pistons never shot better than 40 percent from the field in any quarter and shot just 30-of-80 (37.5 percent) overall.

''We came out with the right frame of mind, just to defend and paying attention to detail on defense,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''When you do that, usually, you become instinctive offensively. I thought our reads early were really good. Made good decisions. Made the extra pass.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Detroit lost its 10th consecutive road game. The Pistons' last road victory was 114-80 over Brooklyn on Jan. 10. ... F Reggie Bullock did not play after injuring his back and right knee in a vehicle crash on Sunday. Bullock has averaged 17.8 points for Detroit over his last five games.

Jazz: Posted season highs in points and field goal percentage in the first quarter. ... The Jazz registered 29 assists on 42 field goals. ... Jerebko matched his season high with eight rebounds. Utah finished with a 52-32 advantage on the glass.

TURNOVER MACHINES

One memorable spot for Detroit in an otherwise forgettable game came in the team's effort to disrupt passing lanes and create turnovers. The Pistons collected a season-high 14 steals and forced 24 turnovers overall. It extended their NBA-best streak of games with 10-plus takeaways to 54.

Detroit forced just three turnovers during Utah's first-quarter blitz that put the game out of reach.

''It just shows we can defend at a high level,'' Kennard said. ''But we just need to do that for 48 minutes. There are positive things that can come out of it, but we just have to stay consistent with it.''

REBOUNDING MILESTONE

Favors collected just four rebounds, enough to help him climb to 10th place on Utah's all-time rebounding list with 3,602 rebounds. He passed former Utah center Mehmet Okur, who pulled down 3,599 rebounds with the Jazz.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Visit the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host the Suns on Wednesday.

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Key Players
B. Griffin
23 PF
D. Mitchell
45 SG
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
43.3 Field Goal % 43.6
43.4 Three Point % 43.6
78.5 Free Throw % 83.6
+ 2 Luke Kennard made driving layup 0:08
+ 2 Georges Niang made floating jump shot 0:33
+ 1 Henry Ellenson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:44
+ 1 Henry Ellenson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:44
  Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko 0:44
  Bad pass turnover on Georges Niang, stolen by Langston Galloway 0:46
+ 2 Luke Kennard made layup 0:55
  Lost ball turnover on Erik McCree, stolen by Luke Kennard 0:57
+ 3 Langston Galloway made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Moreland 1:06
+ 2 Alec Burks made alley-oop shot, assist by Georges Niang 1:21
  Lost ball turnover on Eric Moreland, stolen by Erik McCree 1:25
Team Stats
Points 79 110
Field Goals 30-80 (37.5%) 42-76 (55.3%)
3-Pointers 5-25 (20.0%) 13-34 (38.2%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 13-23 (56.5%)
Total Rebounds 39 60
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 24 41
Team 7 8
Assists 14 29
Steals 14 10
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 17 22
Fouls 23 22
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Pistons 30-37 2118202079
home team logo Jazz 38-30 42222224110
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 30-37 110.0 PPG 48.5 RPG 21.4 APG
home team logo Jazz 38-30 106.0 PPG 42 RPG 23.4 APG
Key Players
L. Kennard SG 5.7 PPG 1.7 RPG 1.0 APG 66.7 FG%
R. Gobert C 15.2 PPG 12.7 RPG 1.4 APG 70.0 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Kennard SG 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
R. Gobert C 22 PTS 12 REB 1 AST
37.5 FG% 55.3
20.0 3PT FG% 38.2
73.7 FT% 56.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 28 13 2 2 0 0 3 1 5/16 1/5 2/2 0 2 16 -18
A. Drummond 23 13 11 1 1 0 1 5 4/8 0/0 5/8 5 6 26 -22
I. Smith 22 9 3 1 2 1 2 3 4/9 0/1 1/2 1 2 15 -16
S. Johnson 31 5 1 0 4 0 4 3 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 1 6 -29
J. Ennis III 11 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 0 2 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 28 13 2 2 0 0 3 1 5/16 1/5 2/2 0 2 16 -18
A. Drummond 23 13 11 1 1 0 1 5 4/8 0/0 5/8 5 6 26 -22
I. Smith 22 9 3 1 2 1 2 3 4/9 0/1 1/2 1 2 15 -16
S. Johnson 31 5 1 0 4 0 4 3 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 1 6 -29
J. Ennis III 11 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 0 2 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Kennard 36 18 5 2 1 0 2 2 8/13 1/5 1/1 1 4 26 -20
L. Galloway 16 8 0 1 2 0 0 1 3/7 2/5 0/0 0 0 12 -6
A. Tolliver 12 4 1 0 1 1 1 2 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 6 -18
H. Ellenson 6 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0/5 0/2 4/4 0 1 3 +5
E. Moreland 24 2 7 3 2 2 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 18 -9
J. Nelson 25 0 1 4 1 0 0 1 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 1 10 -15
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 79 32 14 14 4 17 23 30/80 5/25 14/19 8 24 140 -155
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 30 22 12 1 0 2 3 3 9/12 0/0 4/9 5 7 35 +28
J. Ingles 26 17 7 7 1 0 1 3 6/10 3/5 2/2 0 7 38 +19
D. Mitchell 33 13 9 3 2 0 4 3 4/10 3/8 2/4 1 8 26 +35
D. Favors 27 12 4 2 0 1 4 0 5/7 1/1 1/3 2 2 17 +18
R. Rubio 29 4 3 9 1 0 2 4 2/9 0/4 0/0 0 3 24 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 30 22 12 1 0 2 3 3 9/12 0/0 4/9 5 7 35 +28
J. Ingles 26 17 7 7 1 0 1 3 6/10 3/5 2/2 0 7 38 +19
D. Mitchell 33 13 9 3 2 0 4 3 4/10 3/8 2/4 1 8 26 +35
D. Favors 27 12 4 2 0 1 4 0 5/7 1/1 1/3 2 2 17 +18
R. Rubio 29 4 3 9 1 0 2 4 2/9 0/4 0/0 0 3 24 +30
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jerebko 19 16 8 1 0 1 1 4 6/9 3/5 1/2 2 6 26 +5
J. Crowder 24 14 4 3 2 0 1 1 5/8 3/6 1/1 0 4 25 +25
A. Burks 15 6 1 0 2 0 1 0 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 1 8 -2
G. Niang 5 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -8
R. O'Neale 17 2 3 2 1 1 2 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 2 9 +18
E. Udoh 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
E. McCree 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -8
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 52 29 10 5 22 22 42/76 13/34 13/23 11 41 213 +155