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Trey Burke leads Jazz in 110-89 victory over Pistons
Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dunks against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe, right, loses the ball while driving to the basket against Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) collides with Utah Jazz guard Diante Garrett while driving to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond drives to the basket past Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum (12) takes a shot against Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson, center, is fouled by Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson, left, as guard Alec Burks, right, helps put on the pressure during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Jazz defeated the Pistons 110-89. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) talks with guard Trey Burke (3) during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Burke led the Jazz with 20 points and 12 assists in their 110-89 win over the Pistons. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) splits the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson (55) and guard Brandon Jennings, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Burke led the Jazz with 20 points and 12 assists in their 110-89 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (40) loses the ball as Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko (33) and guard Kyle Singler (25) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Jazz won 110-89. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
(Duane Burleson | The Associated Press)  
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) goes to the basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Burke led the Jazz with 20 points and dished out 12 assists in Utah's 110-89 win. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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Utah shot 54 percent from the field and had 17 fast-break points.

Derrick Favors scored eight points but collected a game-high 11 rebounds as the Jazz out-rebounded Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and the rest of the Pistons 43-32.

Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 21 point off the bench, but Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks and his team could not find a way to match Utah’s effort.

“I was just looking for something else,” Cheeks said. “Nothing was working. We weren’t getting anything done. They were scoring at will.”

The Jazz improved to 14-27 as they reached the midpoint of the season.

“The way we were playing tonight, the way we were playing together, we would have beat a lot of teams,” said forward Richard Jefferson, who had 13 points. “We don’t look at this as just a hot night. We look at this as we’re becoming a little bit more of a consistent team.”

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It’s a team Burke said he’s glad to be a part of.

“I wouldn’t say my feelings were hurt,” he said of Detroit’s decision to pass over him in the draft. “I could have seen myself playing for them … but it’s a business. They went in a different direction and I feel like where I’m at is a perfect situation for me. We’re growing as a franchise for me. We’re a young team and we know we can get better.”

afalk@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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