SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Seven weeks, ago the Utah Jazz defeated the Detroit Pistons in overtime, which began incredible stretch in which the Jazz won 18 of 20 games.
Tuesday night, the Pistons came to town, and the Jazz kept right on rolling.
Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 12 rebounds, one of six Jazz players who scored in double figures in Utah’s 110-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Joe Ingles added 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Jonas Jerebko had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz, who won their 7th straight and 19th in their past 21 games.
“We came out in the right frame of mind,” said head coach Quin Snyder. “Just to defend and paying attention to detail on the defensive end, when you do that, you become instinctive offensively.”
The Jazz scored 42 points in the first quarter, the most points they’ve scored in any quarter since 2010.
They made 17 of 21 shots (81 percent) in the quarter, and led by 21 points, 42-21.
“We’ve built chemistry and gotten better at finding each other on the court, and where we like the ball on the court,” said Derrick Favors, who had 12 points and four rebounds. “Throughout the whole season, we’ve just been working on it.”
Utah never trailed, and led by double digits for 44 of the 48 minutes of the game. The closest Detroit got was 14 points midway through the second quarter, but Utah responded quickly with a Gobert dunk and and Ingles 3-pointer to push Utah’s lead to 52-31.
Donovan Mitchell hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter and put the Jazz ahead 81-51. Mitchell finished with 13 points and a career-high 9 rebouds.
Jonas Jerebko came within one point of his season high with 16 points to go along with 8 rebounds, as six Jazz players reached double figures.
“I think it just keeps getting better and better,” Jerebko said. “The longer the season goes, the more time we play together, the more we’re starting to know each other. I mean, we’re clicking right now, and we’re just going to keep building.”
The Jazz improve to 38-30 on the season, and for now, hold on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 14 games remaining.
The Jazz next host Phoenix Thursday night.