SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz are halfway home to beginning a tough week with a victory.
Utah, coming off of a five-game road trip, leads Detroit 52-48 at EnergySolutions Arena Monday evening.
Though they didn't participate in shootaround for different reasons, both Al Jefferson and Raja Bell started for the Jazz. Jefferson was absent after his grandmother passed away Sunday night. Bell had a meeting with coach Tyrone Corbin and general manager Kevin O'Connor to dicuss the "internal matter" that happened Friday night leading to the veteran guard being sent home early from the Jazz's road trip.
Jefferson, playing in honor of his late grandmother who helped raise him, leads the Jazz with 14 points and five rebounds.
Paul Millsap and Devin Harris, back from missing Saturday's game against Chicago with stomach flu, each have nine points.
Rodney Stucky has a game-high 17 points through two quarters, helping the Pistons, winners of three straight, keep it close.