The Pistons rode their recent momentum into a big first quarter, but the Jazz were not to be denied tonight. After some miserable play in the early going, Utah came back from as many as fifteen points down to surprise the Pistons by a final score of 90-87.
The teams evened each other out with an awful offensive quarter apiece. While the Pistons rode Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe to a hot start, the Jazz produced just thirteen points in a sorry first stanza. In the second half, though, the Jazz dialed up their signature physicality and one-upped Detroit by holding them to just 11 points in the third. Things got a little crazy after that.
Utah strode ahead in the third, then built a double-digit lead of their own midway through the fourth quarter. The game appeared out of hand until Will Bynum -- as is his wont -- reeled off a succession of driving finishes to cut Utah's lead to just two. After Paul Millsap split a pair of late free throws, Detroit had a chance to tie with just seconds left, but DeMarre Carroll closed off Knight's game-winning three-point attempt to seal the game for Utah.
So, a blowout one way turned into a blowout the other way, which turned into a narrow, last-second victory. Basketball!