SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 29 points and the Detroit Pistons never trailed in a 95-92 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Detroit jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter and held on the rest of the way. The Pistons had an answer every time Utah pulled close — usually in the form of a basket by Jackson.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points and had eight rebounds for the Pistons. Anthony Tolliver scored 12 and had six rebounds off the bench.
The Jazz cut the lead to 88-87 on Rudy Gobert’s floater, but the Pistons responded with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s layup and a jumper from Jackson with 1:08 left in the game.
Rodney Hood led the Jazz with 23 points while Gordon Hayward added 22. Gobert finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds.