DETROIT (ABC4 Sports) – Just when it looked like the Utah Jazz were headed for another road loss, it was Joe Ingles to the rescue.
With five seconds left in regulation and the Jazz down by two, Ricky Rubio was inbounding from the left corner – not the easiest angle for the most important pass of the game.
”We were trying to get the ball to Donovan (Mitchell), but Joe (Ingles) was so open,” Rubio said. ”He was one of the options, too, and we found it and it worked.”
Ingles made a tying layup in the final seconds of regulation, then added two straight 3-pointers in overtime to lift the Utah Jazz over the Detroit Pistons 98-95 on Wednesday night.
“Joe Ingles is big time,” Jazz forward Derrick Favors said. “That’s why he gets paid all that money to come in and hit the big shots. He played good, the whole team played good sharing the ball, defensively we were good. It was as good team effort.”
The Pistons lost their sixth straight by blowing a nine-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Detroit had a chance to tie at the end of overtime, but Tobias Harris missed from the left corner, and the rebound went out of bounds off the Pistons.
Andre Drummond had 30 points and 24 rebounds for Detroit, and he fueled a 10-0 run that put the Pistons ahead 88-79, but Utah closed strong in the fourth. Down by two, Mitchell had a spinning, driving shot blocked out of bounds by Drummond with 5.9 seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Jazz had to inbound from over in the corner.
Mitchell cut toward the basket from the left side, then circled back toward the top of the key. Ingles then made his own cut along that same path with Detroit’s Stanley Johnson trailing him.
Drummond was patrolling the area around the basket, but he was a few feet from the hoop. Rubio had a clear lane to pass to Ingles, who caught the ball under the basket and was able to lay it in before Drummond could recover and block the shot.
”They just did a good job reading it,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ”We thought Joe might get a late look. We wanted Donovan and Joe Johnson involved in the play as well, but Ricky found Joe (Ingles). It was a heck of a pass, and Joe made a good cut.”
That layup tied it at 89, and Luke Kennard’s perimeter shot at the other end missed.
Drummond opened the scoring in overtime, but Ingles made his two 3-pointers and Mitchell added one of his own to put the Jazz up 98-91.
”We had a great look to win it at the end of the fourth and a great look to tie it at the end of overtime, but we didn’t make anything,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.
The Jazz (20-28) wrap up their 3-game road trip Friday night at Toronto.