The Jazz applied a tourniquet more than cured the disease, but their 103-90 victory over the slumping Detroit Pistons on Monday night was still a welcome relief.
Mo Williams scored 20 points, Al Jefferson added 16 and Utah’s bench contributed big-time as the Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak at EnergySolutions Arena.
For a moment, coach Tyrone Corbin and his team could forget last week’s nightmarish road trip, during which Utah lost three games in the final seconds before a blowout defeat in New York.
For a moment, the Jazz could look ahead to the final 18 games of the regular season with a hint of optimism instead of head-shaking frustration.
Yes, Utah handed lottery-bound Detroit its eighth loss in the last nine games.
Yes, the Pistons aren’t the caliber of the teams Utah will have to beat over the next month to reach the Western Conference playoffs.
But the Jazz won and, for the first time in 10 days, no team in the playoff race with them gained ground. Not the Lakers. Not Golden State. Not Houston.
“When you’re on a slide, absolutely it’s a relief,” Williams said. “You come back from a long trip and history shows you can give one away. ... We don’t want to get into a lot [more] learn-your-lesson type deals.”
“It was great,” he said. “... I thought our guys were really focused. They understood the sense of urgency. Regardless of who we are playing, we have to get better and have to perform and I thought, for the most part, we were pretty good.”
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