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Utah Jazz: This time, Jazz hang onto lead, beat Pistons 90-87
Al Jefferson
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, right, and guard Randy Foye, left, crowd Detroit Pistons forward Kyle Singler during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) passes the ball as Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams, left, defends on a shot by Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) dunks during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, right, and guard Randy Foye, left, crowd Detroit Pistons forward Kyle Singler during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) is seen during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) is seen during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) is seen during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons forward Kyle Singler (25) is seen during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Referee Scott Wall (31) signals during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons forward Kyle Singler passes during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye (5) is seen during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Referee Marat Kogut, left, and Scott Wall are seen during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum (12) is seen during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Referee Bill Kennedy is seen during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Utah Jazz at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap looks to pass during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight (7), defended by Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll, shoots a 3-pointer during the closing seconds during the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Knight missed the shot that would have tied the game. The Jazz won 90-87.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) reach for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The Jazz won 90-87. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks in front of Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The Jazz won 90-87. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The Jazz seemed to be headed for the kind of letdown performance that often plagues teams throughout the league following emotional games. And make no mistake, Friday’s loss weighed heavily on the Jazz. Even after a cleansing performance, Jefferson said he still had “a bitter taste in my mouth” from Atlanta.

“No one even spoke until game time,” Foye said. “Everybody still had that sick feeling in their stomach like we gave the game away last night.”

Can you imagine how much Theraflu the Jazz would have required if they did it again?

Cancel the order at Walgreen’s, these guys won’t be needing it.

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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At a glance

Storylines Jazz 90, Pistons 87

The Jazz overcome a 15-point deficit but nearly blow their own 13-point, fourth-quarter lead.

» Al Jefferson leads the Jazz with 20 points and 10 rebounds.


 
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