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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.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

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.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

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.
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Led by Marvin Williams, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans, Utah’s nonstarters dominated the second quarter and helped the Jazz build a 51-37 lead at halftime.

“They gave great energy — a boost right there,” Corbin said. “They pushed the ball down the floor and got some early opportunities.”

When he went back to his starters in the second half, however, Corbin watched the Pistons make the game uncomfortably close.

Detroit made 14 of its 23 shots in the third quarter, when it scored 33 points.

Utah’s stand-and-watch defense failed to force turnovers and, in the final four minutes, the Pistons converted eight straight possessions.

A 15-point lead suddenly turned into a tenuous 76-70 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

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“I thought they made some shots and picked the pace up,” Corbin said. “We talked about making sure we close teams out. We said, ‘Hey guys, we have to get some stops.’ But they did a good job making shots.”

The Jazz never trailed in the fourth quarter, but it was still only 84-79 with 7:01 left before Utah finally pulled away.

Mo Williams followed baskets by Kanter and Evans with a 3-pointer and, defensively, the Jazz stopped Detroit on eight of 10 possessions during a game-deciding 16-6 run.

“I thought our execution was great down the stretch,” Mo Williams said. “... We ran our offense and went through progressions. We found the right man and that person made plays.”

Off the bench, Marvin Williams, Kanter, Hayward and Evans combined for 49 points on 19-for-29 shooting.

Evans scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out five assists in one of the best performances of his ever-improving career.

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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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