|Forward Austin Daye scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pistons hold off the slumping Jazz. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)|
Different tune: Pistons regroup, zing Jazz
John Kuester let out a noticeable sigh, then started walking off the court victoriously.
One win might not cure all that ails the Detroit Pistons, but on this night, the beleaguered coach could be proud of his team’s effort.
Rodney Stuckey scored 28 points and made a big steal in the final minute, and the Pistons bounced back from an embarrassing start to the weekend with a 120-116 win over the Utah Jazz last night at the Palace at Auburn Hills, Mich. One night earlier, Detroit used only six players in a lopsided loss at Philadelphia after several Pistons missed at least part of a team shootaround.
“We’ve had a lot of interesting things happen to our team,’’ Kuester said. “The guys that were out there tonight, God bless them. They really worked hard tonight. This shows that no one is entitled to anything. You earn respect every day, not from the past.’’
Stuckey and Austin Daye, who arrived late to the shootaround and didn’t play Friday, were back on the court against the Jazz. Daye scored 18 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.
Paul Millsap led Utah with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Will Bynum, who had played all 48 minutes against Philadelphia, put Detroit ahead for good with a driving 3-point play that made it 111-108 with 1:52 remaining.
“This was fun,’’ Bynum said. “We had a lot of energy out there. I know that we shot the ball well, but I think the effort was the important part.’’
Utah cut the lead to 114-112 when Al Jefferson scored inside with 27.4 seconds remaining, but Stuckey made two free throws, then swiped a Jazz pass to help the Pistons hold on.
Seven Pistons missed at least part of Friday’s shootaround, and none played against the 76ers. The team said Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, Stuckey and Daye missed the bus, with Stuckey and Daye able to arrive late.
Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and Ben Wallace also missed the shootaround. The team said Prince had an upset stomach, McGrady had a headache, and Wallace was tending to a family matter.
Wallace was unavailable last night following the death of his brother yesterday, and Prince and McGrady didn’t play, either. Kuester said McGrady was sick and Prince had a back problem. Hamilton remained out with a sore groin.
According to ESPN.com, Hamilton and Wilcox were fined for missing the shootaround, while Daye and Stuckey drew fines for being late. All fines were in accordance with team policy. Kuester started Stuckey, Daye, and Wilcox against Utah.
Mavericks 105, Wizards 99 — Jason Terry scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had a season-high 23 and 13 rebounds and visiting Dallas sent Washington to its fifth straight loss.
John Wall scored 24 points to lead Washington.
The Mavericks led, 97-89, with 3:19 to play, but Wall nearly led the Wizards to a surprising victory. He had three straight layups, and on successive plays he scored and was fouled by Jason Kidd, but both times missed free throws on opportunities for 3-point plays.
Bulls 83, Bucks 75 — Luol Deng scored 19 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and visiting Chicago topped Milwaukee for its sixth victory in seven games.
Carlos Boozer added 13 points for Chicago, which shook off a slow start. Joakim Noah grabbed 13 of his 17 rebounds in the first half in his third game back following thumb surgery.
The Bulls grabbed control midway through the third quarter. Trailing by 1 point, Chicago put together a 19-5 run to grab a 66-53 lead on Deng’s reverse layup with 1:27 left.
Grizzlies 120, Kings 92 — Zach Randolph had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 21 points, and host Memphis pulled away in the second half to beat Sacramento.
Rockets 123, Nets 108 — Kevin Martin scored 30 points, Chase Budinger added 27 and host Houston beat Deron Williams and New Jersey in the Rockets’ first game since trading Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks.