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Jefferson helps Jazz rally past Pistons 90-87

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013

"This was great, but there's still a bitter taste because we know we should be going home with a 3-0 road trip," Jefferson said. "That one (Friday) night is going to bother us for a while."

Detroit (14-24) had won seven of their last nine games.

Knight had 16 points and Greg Monroe scored 12 for the Pistons, who got a late lift from reserve Will Bynum, who scored 13 points.

"By the time we responded, we had to be perfect," Frank said.

Utah's Paul Millsap and Foye each scored 17 and reserve Alec Burks had 12 points.

The Pistons got off to a fast start, leading 11-2 early in the game and 26-13 after the first quarter. Knight and Monroe combined for 18 points in the opening period, but the Jazz prevented them from having much success on offense the rest of the game.

Detroit had a 15-point lead in the second quarter and was ahead 50-39 at halftime.

Foye capped a 15-2 run with a tying 3-pointer with 4:01 left in the third quarter. Jefferson's jumper a couple minutes later gave the Jazz their first lead of the game, and they went into the fourth quarter ahead 64-61.

"This team has shown a lot of resilience this season," Corbin said.

NOTES: Frank said he was called for a technical foul early in the fourth quarter for being on the court while his team was at the opposite end. He seemed stunned by the call by official Scott Wall, shouting: "Scott! That's a gift! A gift!" Gordon Hayward made the ensuing free throw with 10:05 left in the game, giving the Jazz a 69-68 lead. ... Utah's Marvin Williams missed his third straight game with a right knee injury and is expected to be evaluated on Sunday. ... Detroit's next game is Thursday in London against the New York Knicks. ... Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley started and played six minutes, then didn't play the rest of the game because Corbin said he was sick.


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