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Utah Jazz use strong second half to power past Detroit Pistons for third-straight win

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It was a tale of two halves for the Utah Jazz, who overcame a slow start to eventually pull away from the Detroit Pistons and secure a 104-81 win, their third in a row.

Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 23 points, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 and Joe Ingles 10, while Rudy Gobert posted 13 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks and two steals, getting the better of his big man matchup with Detroit's Andre Drummond.

Jordan Clarkson provided a spark off the bench in just his third game in Jazz uniform, recording 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in just 27 minutes on court. Clarkson is averaging 16 points per game for the Jazz, since being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Both teams struggled to get anything going in the first half, combining for 79 points as the Pistons took a 40-39 lead into half-time. Detroit shot just 37.8% from the field in the opening half, while the Jazz didnt' score their first field goal till five minutes into the game. They shot 33.3% in the first half, knocking down just 2-of-11 from the three-point line.

Mitchell's highlight-reel jam just before the half, helped give the Jazz a boost in front of their home crowd and they came out of the break looking like a different team.

They opened the period on a 16-2 run led by Mitchell and Ingles as they outscored the Pistons 29-18 in the period to take control of the game.

The Pistons cut the deficit to 70-63 early in the foruth quarter, but that's as close as they came as the Jazz reeled off a 20-6 run led by Bogdanovic and Mitchell to take a commanding 90-69 lead with 5:17 to go.

Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 20 points, however Drummond struggled to find his range against the length of Rudy Gobert. He finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and three blocks, but shot just 5-of-16 from the field and committed seven turnovers.

Utah relied on a strong defensive performance to seal the win, forcing 17 Pistons turnovers, which they turned into 25 points.

The Jazz will look to extend their win streak to four games when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, while the Pistons continue their six-game road trip in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Wednesday.

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