AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Early in Friday night's game between the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz, Brandon Jennings stripped the ball from Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke and moved it ahead to Pistons rookie shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The emphatic dunk that ensued gave Caldwell-Pope the early advantage between the Nos. 8 and 9 picks in the June draft.
However, Burke won the battle and the Jazz won the war as the Pistons' lethargic effort led to a 110-89 loss, dropping their home record to 7-13 and ending a two-game winning streak.
Burke posted his third double-double and second in two games with 20 points and a career-high 12 assists.
"I'm not going to even lie, I was nervous at the start," Burke said. "I came out a little excited, but once I was able to sit down and see the game from a different perspective, I was able to relax and just play. It felt good. We had a lot of fun tonight as a team."
Caldwell-Pope didn't score after the first quarter, finishing with five points, and Burke caught fire once his team started draining threes to assume control.
Burke was scoreless in the first quarter, but the Pistons' defense allowed five three-pointers as the Jazz led, 27-25.
A Temptations halftime performance was the highlight for fans.
"It was unexplainable to me," Cheeks said of his team's performance. "Maybe the (five) days off affected us in terms of getting up and down the floor and the way we played because we were off so long."
After conquering his jitters, Burke and the Jazz, last in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference at 14-27, manhandled the Pistons (16-23).
"He played a hell of a game," forward Marvin Williams (17 points, seven rebounds) said of Burke. "Michigan fans are great, and they really supported him."
The Pistons suffered through a subpar half despite 16 points off the bench from Rodney Stuckey, who finished with 21.
The Jazz made seven triples and used a five-point trip when Stuckey was called for a Flagrant 1 foul on Alec Burks, resulting in two free throws and a Burke three-pointers to open a 44-37 lead.
"One thing I'm always trying to do is get in the paint and make the defense collapse and hit the open man," Burke said. "We knocked down shots tonight, and we did a good job of stopping them in transition."
Fans booed the home team off the floor as the Pistons trailed, 58-45, at halftime.
"We just weren't ready to play tonight," said Andre Drummond, who finished with 13 rebounds and 10 points. "We came out hot in the beginning. We played well and then, like recently, we fall asleep in the second half."
Burke had seven points and five assists, and Caldwell-Pope didn't score the rest of the half.
Cheeks' halftime adjustments didn't do much for the effort as the Jazz scored the first eight points of the third to put the Pistons in a 66-45 hole.
Burke went to work in the third quarter, scoring nine points and finished the period with a floater for an 89-65 cushion.
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