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Utah Jazz: Utah beats Detroit to end four-game losing streak
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Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) shoots jumpshots during warm ups before the Jazz met the Pistons, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Rodney Stuckey visits with Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) during warm ups before the Jazz met the Pistons, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) shoots jumpshots during warm ups before the Jazz met the Pistons, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15)  is double teamed by Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) and Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler (25), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots over Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) grabs the ball along with Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz small forward Jeremy Evans (40) defends as Detroit Pistons point guard Will Bynum (12) goes to the hoop, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) gets past Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler (25) grabs Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) as he goes for a rebound, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) dunks the ball over Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) tries to get off a shot as he is doubled teamed by Detroit Pistons power forward Charlie Villanueva (31) and Greg Monroe (10), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) goes to the hoop, as Greg Monroe (10) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5), keeps the ball away from Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon (8) in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) shoots over Detroit Pistons point guard Will Bynum (12) in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) tries to get off a shot as he is doubled teamed by Detroit Pistons power forward Charlie Villanueva (31) and Greg Monroe (10), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) gets past Detroit Pistons power forward Charlie Villanueva (31), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) is pressured by Detroit Pistons small forward Khris Middleton (32), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Mo Williams (5) is trailed by Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon (8),  in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz small forward Jeremy Evans (40) leaps high to grab a rebound, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) is double teamed by Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) and Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler (25), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) goes for the ball, as Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (10) tries to keep control, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Detroit Pistons point guard Will Bynum (12) takes a shot, as Utah Jazz small forward Jeremy Evans (40) goes for a block, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) defends as Detroit Pistons shooting guard Kyle Singler (25) takes a shot, in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) tries to stay with Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon (8), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey (3) takes a shot, as Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) defends in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Detroit Pistons power forward Jonas Jerebko (33) shoots as Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends,in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2), in NBA action, Utah vs. Detroit, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 11, 2013.

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.

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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.”

Corbin agreed.

“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.”

Pretty good?

More like good enough.

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Utah beats Detroit to end four-game losing streak amid heated race for playoff spot.

At a glance

Storylines Balanced effort yields victory

Mo Williams scores seven of his 20 points in the final 5:13 and the Jazz defeat Detroit, 103-90.

» Al Jefferson contributes 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz snap a four-game losing streak.

» Backup forward Jeremy Evans finishes with eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high five assists.

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