Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 2: Friday, November 15th

Pistons 80

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Jazz 78


    7:00 PM ET, November 6, 2002

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 24 25 10 2180
    UTAH 19 25 16 1878

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Hamilton 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Barry's late 3-pointer leads Pistons over Jazz

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons were happy that Karl Malone took a rare night off to rest and recover from a nagging cold.

    Jon Barry

    Jon Barry hit a 3-pointer with 22.3 seconds left as Detroit rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 80-78 Wednesday night.

    Barry's shot broke a 75-all tie and reclaimed the lead for the Pistons after they squandered it in a dismal fourth quarter. It was only the second field goal of the night for Barry, who was 2-for-5.

    "I just kind of made up my mind. If I was open, I was going to take it,'' he said. "The more I miss, the better the chance that the next one is going in.''

    Richard Hamilton had 28 points and Clifford Robinson scored a season-high 16 for the Pistons, who won when Mark Jackson's tying attempt from the top of the key just before the buzzer was way off.

    "We didn't go away,'' said Barry, whose only two field goals of the night were 3-pointers. "They had us down by four and we were struggling. We were able to maintain our composure, get the stops that we needed and make some big shots.''

    Ben Wallace had 15 rebounds and nine points as the Pistons improved to 2-1 on a five-game road trip and sent the Jazz to their second 1-4 start in as many seasons.

    Malone, who has been bothered by a head cold and was held scoreless Sunday at Seattle for the first time in his career, missed a game for just the 10th time.

    "It doesn't change my game any,'' Wallace said. "Utah is a big win.''

    Detroit was just 12-for-30 from the field in the second half and didn't get a fourth-quarter field goal until 2 minutes remained in the game, but the Pistons hit shots when they needed them most.

    Robinson made a 3-pointer to put the Pistons up 75-74 with 1:22 left, and Barry's 3-pointer put Detroit ahead for good.

    "Jon Barry had the looks on some shots that he usually hits, and then he stepped right back in there and hit a big-time 3,'' Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said.

    Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points, including a 3-pointer that got the Jazz to 79-78 with 7.3 seconds left, but Utah couldn't take the lead.

    Malone had the flu last March and missed Utah's game at Detroit, but the Jazz were able to win 100-97. This time, they couldn't overcome the loss of The Mailman.

    The Jazz initially looked lost without Malone, going 5-for-16 from the field and committing eight turnovers in the opening quarter.

    "It was a chance for us to step up with Karl out, but we didn't get it done,'' said reserve forward Scott Padgett, who scored 15 points. "Our effort off the bench was all for nothing because we didn't get a win.''

    The Jazz eventually settled down behind Padgett, Matt Harpring and Jackson and stayed within 10 points until taking over at the end of the third quarter.

    Kirilenko's two free throws with 39.2 seconds left in the third capped a 10-0 run and put the Jazz up 60-59, their first lead since early in the first quarter.

    The Jazz led most of the fourth quarter before collapsing at the end. Chauncey Billups' 3-pointer with 2 minutes left got the Pistons to 73-72, then after a free throw by John Stockton, Robinson hit a 3-pointer to give the Pistons the lead with 1:22 to play.

    Stockton, a career 83-percent free-throw shooter, went 1-for-2 from the line twice down the stretch, opening the door for the Pistons to reclaim the lead.

    "It's a game that we could've, maybe should have won,'' Stockton said. "Make your layups, make your free throws makes it simple.''

    The Jazz had a chance at the end when Barry went 1-for-2 from the line with 6.5 seconds left, but Jackson's attempt clanked off the left side of the rim.

    Stockton finished with 10 points. Padgett scored 15 for Utah.

    Barry finished with 10 points.

    Game notes

    John Amaechi started in place of Malone and scored four points in the first quarter, matching his previous output for the season. ... Padgett got a cut next to his right eye when he went down on the court hard on a foul by Wallace. He got a bandage during an injury time out, went 2-for-2 on the free throws and had a dunk just before halftime that got the Jazz to 49-44. ... Robinson was 6-for-9 in the first half, including his third 3-pointer of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 78
    FGM-FGA 26-66 (.394) 24-64 (.375)
    3PM-3PA 7-18 (.389) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 27-39 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-35 15-43
    Assists 17 13
    Turnovers 16 23
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 6 10
    Fast Break Points 3 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (1/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 17
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 4