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.''
"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
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
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
"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
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
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.
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.