Grieving Jefferson leads Jazz past Pistons 105-90
Monday, March 12, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Al Jefferson scored 33 points just 24 hours after his grandmother's death and the Utah Jazz defeated the Detroit Pistons 105-90 Monday night.
C.J. Miles added 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to help the Jazz end a two-game skid and snap Detroit's three-game winning streak.
Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for the Pistons, who have not won in Salt Lake City since 2002 --losing their last nine visits here.
The win ended a drama-filled day for the Jazz that started with a closed-door meeting between guard Raja Bell and team brass. It came two days after Bell was sent home from a road trip following a verbal clash with coach Tyrone Corbin, but both sides proclaimed the matter closed. Bell started, but had just one point.