Drew Sharp and Vince Ellis talk Pistons after the team’s 92-87 victory over the Utah Jazz in the Palace opener. Video by Jeff Seidel/DFP
Stan Van Gundy implored Reggie Jackson to attack.
And Jackson finally listened.
Jackson’s lay-up with 17 seconds left Wednesday night prevented a Detroit Pistons meltdown as they held on for a 92-87 victory over the Utah Jazz in the home opener at the Palace.
Throw in a key blocked shot from surging shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope moments later and the Pistons had their first 2-0 start since the 2008-09 season.
Jackson finished with 19 points and four assists, Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and Andre Drummond was dominant once again with 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The victory comes after another subpar shooting night – the Pistons shot 40.5% against the tough Jazz defense.
But Van Gundy, in his second season running the Pistons, will take it because it could possibly show the team’s growing toughness.
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