Burke leads Jazz to 110-89 rout of Pistons

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — When Trey Burke took the floor shortly before tip-off, he was the only Utah player to come out of the tunnel at first.

Burke's teammates stayed behind, playing a little joke on the rookie point guard by leaving him alone on the court for a few seconds before eventually joining him.

"I was mad at the guys, because that was embarrassing, but they do little things like that to me once in a while," Burke said.

Burke should have expected a prank like that, because this was his return to Michigan — and for the most part, it was an enjoyable one. He had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists, leading the Jazz to a 110-89 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Burke, who was the national player of the year at Michigan last season and led the Wolverines to the Final Four, had plenty of supporters in the crowd at the Palace. He shook off a slow start and outplayed Detroit counterpart Brandon Jennings as the Jazz built a big lead.

"That felt good. We had a lot of fun out there," Burke said. "I'm not even going to lie. I was nervous at the start, and I had to get my nerves calmed down. My family was here, and all the people who have supported me in Michigan, and I knew this was my only chance to play in front of them this year."

Enes Kanter added 18 points for Utah and Marvin Williams scored 17. Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 21, but Detroit looked flat for much of the game after a five-day layoff.

"We worked real hard this week, and put a good effort in this week," Detroit center Andre Drummond said. "To come out like we did tonight, we took a step back."

The Pistons had a chance to draft Burke with the No. 8 pick last year, but took Kentavious Caldwell-Pope instead.

Burke signed autographs before the game, and when his Utah teammates left him alone on the court, it gave the crowd a chance to give the young point guard a cheer.

Burke got another ovation when he was announced with the Utah starters, and the Jazz opened the scoring when he made a clever pass to Derrick Favors for a dunk.

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