Jazz 107, Pistons 94
Game 56: Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn HillsAnalysis
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- When you're down 16-6 early, and Karl Malone has taken precisely one shot -- from 19 feet out, at that -- it doesn't take a (insert impressive job title of choice here) to figure out what to do next.
Get Malone the ball.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan did, and Malone rewarded him with a dominating 31-point performance in Utah's 107-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
"I never got him a post-up in the first four or five minutes of the game," Sloan said. "He (just) basically got a couple of looks at the basket outside. But once he started posting up and got some things inside, I think his whole confidence level picked up."
And it doesn't take a (insert job title of your boss here) to figure out what happens after that. -- Tim Buckley
RECORDS: Jazz 36-20; Pistons 28-29
NEXT UP: Utah at Charlotte, Friday, 6 p.m. at Charlotte Coliseum (KJZZ/TNT)
Jazz bench answers the bell.
Karl Malone comes up with 31.
Pistons well-worn after Tuesday loss at Indiana.
"He gets in a pretty good rhythm, sometimes. For the last 15 years." -- Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on Karl Malone, who scored 31 points