SALT LAKE CITY — C.J. Miles would have loved to follow up a spectacular first-half performance with more of the same after halftime in the Jazz's 102-97 win over Detroit on Monday night.
His legs and energy level, however, just didn't cooperate.
Miles, back in the lineup after missing three games with a stomach virus, had 12 points, two assists and two rebounds in Utah's victory. He scored 11 of his points in the first half on 4-for-5 shooting with two 3-pointers.
"I didn't have any gas in the second half," Miles said. "I got tired pretty quick. I pretty much used up everything I had in the first half, tried to come out with some energy, tried to keep up with that second group."
Miles did just that as he scored eight of his points during a three-minute span in which the Jazz made six straight shots and took their biggest lead of the game at 43-34. Miles hit a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play and scored on a put-back during a 12-2 Jazz run.
"It felt good to be back out there to break a sweat," Miles said. "It caused me to break up some of this (stuff) going on in my chest and it helped out."
Miles, with his energy level all but drained, took four shots in the second half. Three of his attempts were 3-pointers.
"I hate to say it, but it is the reason why when they backed off I didn't even think twice about it (shooting 3s)," Miles said. "I usually try to find a way to do something else, but I was a little winded. I haven't really done much the last few days. My energy level isn't the same, obviously."
When Miles realized his 3 was no longer working, he tried to help the Jazz in other ways. He drove to the basket and moved the ball on offense rather than continuing to shoot from long range. That, of course, pleased coach Jerry Sloan.
"He made some nice drives to the basket," Sloan said. "He didn't rely strictly on 3-point shooting. I think his drives to the basket were probably a little more important because he was able to get in there and have a chance to get to the free-throw line."
While NBA players are some of the best-conditioned athletes in the world, they aren't immune to the lingering effects of a stomach virus.
"When you've been out and missed games and practices, you lose your conditioning pretty quick," Sloan said. "He was fine. He was pretty active. I think he got a little bit tired. That's part of it."9 comments on this story
Miles was just happy to be back on the court after his false start on Saturday. He dressed for the Jazz's 98-92 win over Memphis, but left the bench after the first quarter and did not play. The will to play was there for Miles, but the ability to was not.
"I felt better, but I didn't feel good," Miles said. "That was the thing — I felt better so I said I'll try and get back, get some running in, get back in playing. I felt like I could play through it and it didn't work out too well."
But after scoring 12 points against the Pistons on Monday, he's at least on the road back.