The Utah Jazz overcame a cold first quarter to rally and pick up a 110-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday.
Here are the three key takeaways from a win that gets the Jazz (20-20) back to .500 on the season.
— Detroit cut the Jazz lead to 104-102 with 40.9 seconds to play on a Blake Griffin turnaround hook shot, but Donovan Mitchell had the answer. He drove and hit a 15-foot jumper to give Utah a two-possession lead with 22 seconds to play, and the Jazz held on by sealing the game from the free-throw line.
Mitchell ended the night with 26 points, after scoring only two points in the first half. He scored 12 points in both the third and fourth quarters, and he added a key 3-pointer in the fourth to give Utah a 102-95 edge to stop a 7-0 Detroit run. Mitchell also had five rebounds, five assists and three steals.Comment on this story
— Utah twice went on 19-4 runs, once in the second quarter and again in the fourth quarter, to help the Jazz overcome being outscored 31-13 in the first while shooting just 19 percent in the opening period. The first 19-4 run got Utah back in the game, and the second gave the Jazz their first lead of the night.
— Detroit, which had 18 turnovers in the game, was burned by a few late-game turnovers in particular. Back-to-back turnovers in the fourth quarter led to Jazz buckets during their 19-4 run. Reggie Jackson then turned the ball over on a bad pass with 7.6 seconds to play and Detroit trailing by three, ending the Pistons' hopes for a win.
Monday, Jan. 7 at Milwaukee (27-10), 6 p.m. MST
Wednesday, Jan. 9 vs. Orlando (17-21), 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11 vs. L.A. Lakers (21-18), 8 p.m.