Utah Jazz fall to short-handed Pistons in Detroit

By Noah Trister

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Feb. 27 2011 12:22 a.m. MST

Ben Gordon scored 17 points for the Pistons, and Charlie Villanueva added 16. Rookie Greg Monroe contributed 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Bynum scored 11 in 22:41 of action — an easy night's work compared to Friday.

The Jazz, a picture of stability for so many years, are going through their own transition following the Feb. 10 resignation of longtime coach Jerry Sloan. Utah also traded star point guard Deron Williams to New Jersey on Wednesday.

Devin Harris and Derrick Favors, both acquired in that trade, combined for 27 points against Detroit. Harris finished with 17 points and 12 assists in his first start in a Utah uniform.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 21 points and Jefferson added 20 for the Jazz, who shot 59.5 percent from the field.

The Jazz led 95-88 in the fourth quarter before Detroit went on a 12-0 run that included five points each by Daye and Gordon.

"Defensively, we are struggling out there in spurts," said Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin, who took over for Jerry Sloan a little more than two weeks ago and earned his first head coaching win Friday night at Indiana. "We are just looking for something good to happen so that we can start feeling good about ourselves."

GAME NOTES: All five Utah starters were in double figures. … The Pistons led by as many as 11 in the first half and were ahead 58-53 at halftime. … Detroit owner Karen Davidson said she had no comment on the status of the team's possible sale.

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