SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson wasn't trying to make a pun, but that's exactly what he did following Monday's Utah Jazz-Detroit Pistons game at EnergySolutions Arena.
Not long after the Jazz slipped away with a 103-90 victory, players in both the home and visiting locker rooms learned there was no hot water in the showers.
Sitting back in front of his locker, Jefferson turned to teammate Mo Williams and said, "Man, that's cold."
Considering neither team came in on much of a hot streak, Big Al's pun somehow seemed appropriate.
On a night when the Jazz (33-31) desperately needed a win, they found enough steam to get the job done, putting the Pistons away with a decisive run in the fourth quarter.
"They understood the sense of urgency, regardless of who we were playing," coach Tyrone Corbin said of his players, who came into Monday's game having dropped seven of their last eight.
Before returning to their home court, the Jazz had slogged through a nightmarish road trip in which they lost four in a row, including a 29-point loss to the New York Knicks last Saturday.
"It was great - especially on a four-game slide - to get it together on our home floor and try to come out with a victory," Jefferson said.
Mo Williams scored a game-high 20 points and added six assists and Jefferson notched 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who moved back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
Reserves Enes Kanter and Marvin Williams added 14 apiece and Gordon Hayward added 13 for Utah's bench.
The Jazz, who played without power forward Paul Millsap, still looked shaky at times. But even after letting the Pistons back in the game during the third quarter, Utah mopped things up with a nifty 15-5 run late in the fourth quarter.
Playing in just his fourth game since returning from thumb surgery, Mo Williams sparked the run seven points and an assist to Jefferson.
Williams said he'd been struggling with his endurance during the recent road trip but felt both stronger and faster against the Pistons.
"I thought tonight I was finishing my layups," he said. "I felt like my first step was there tonight. I was able to get by (defenders). The last few games I just felt like I couldn't get by Shaq."
Detroit (23-43) got 15 points apiece from Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Stuckey. The Pistons also got 14 points and seven assists from point guard Jose Calderon.
After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, Detroit outscored the Jazz 33-25 in the third quarter and cut the lead to just five points early in the fourth.
That's when Mo Williams helped ignite the late run that seemed to infuse the Jazz with some much-needed energy.
Utah worked its way back into the No. 8 seed in the West's playoff scene. The Jazz and Lakers are tied for the last spot but Utah owns the tiebreaker.
"It was a must win for us," Mo Williams said. "We know what's at stake, it's no secret. We've got to win games."
Indeed they do.
The Jazz have a couple of tough games coming up later this week - Wednesday at Oklahoma City and Saturday at home vs. Memphis - so beating the struggling Pistons was practically a necessity ... like hot water.