Pistons dig another hole, latest comeback attempt falls short to Jazz

The Pistons looked to be out of it, with miserable shooting and not…

Pistons dig another hole, latest comeback attempt falls short to Jazz
Pistons dig another hole, latest comeback attempt falls short to Jazz 1

Rod Beard
 
| The Detroit News

Detroit — The Pistons never seem to be out of a game, even when they fall into a 20-point deficit. Time after time, they’ve found a way to claw their way back into games, even against some of top teams in the league.

Another 20-point deficit. Another comeback.

It’s hard to get out of the hole every time.

Against the Utah Jazz, the Pistons looked to be out of it, with miserable shooting and not being able to get stops when they needed them. The familiar formula led to another loss, 96-86, on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.

Jerami Grant continued his tear in the first 10 games of the season, with 28 points, four rebounds and four assists, extending his streak of games with 20-plus points to nine. Saddiq Bey added 12 points and Blake Griffin had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Pistons (2-8).

Late in the first quarter, the Jazz (6-4) used a 17-0 run to push their lead to 32-12 at the 2:08 mark and looked to be on their way to an easy win.

Grant started a 7-2 spurt with three free throws and Jahlil Okafor added a pair of baskets to finish the quarter with a 34-19 deficit. The Pistons shot below 40% from the field for most of the game and trailed, 57-40, at halftime, though Grant had 15 points at the break.

The Pistons started a rally, with Grant hitting a 3-pointer and Delon Wright (six points, five rebounds) adding a jumper. Grant scored 11 of their 28 points in the third quarter, including a jumper that kick-started an 8-0 spurt to finish the quarter, trimming the Jazz lead to 74-68 entering the fourth.

Donovan Mitchell (28 points) kept the Jazz in control, with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to double digits with 6:57 left, before Mike Conley (22 points, six assists and five rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson helped keep the rally at bay with free throws in the final minutes.

Rod.Beard@detroitnews.com

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