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Utah Jazz: Special night for Big Al in Jazz victory

Published: Monday, March 12 2012 9:34 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, right, is defended by Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday March 12, 2012, in Salt Lake City.

Jim Urquhart, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Big Al picked a fitting time to have a big night.

A day after his grandmother who helped raise him in Mississippi passed way, Al Jefferson played in her honor, scored a game-high 33 points and led the Utah Jazz past the Detroit Pistons, 105-90, at EnergySolutions Arena.

Jefferson, who grabbed 12 rebounds, scored 13 points in the decisive fourth quarter when the Jazz turned a two-point deficit into a needed run-away victory. His final bucket was the first 3-pointer of his career.

The Jazz improved to 20-21 in their first game at home following a 2-3 road trip. Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for Detroit, which dropped to 15-27 after having its three-game winning streak snapped.

Devin Harris rebounded nicely from missing Saturday's loss in Chicago with stomach flu. The point guard scored 19 points and dished out seven assists.

C.J. Miles added a solid scoring punch off the bench with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Paul Millsap chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Raja Bell played and started after having a morning meeting with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin and general manager to discuss the "internal matter" that resulted in him being sent home from the road trip a game early.

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