Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Saturday, November 13th
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Jazz108
Game 2: Sunday, March 13th
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Pistons64

Jazz 62

(20-42, 7-24 away)

Pistons 64

(38-23, 22-7 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    6:00 PM ET, March 13, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 14 15 21 1262
    DET 19 19 20 664

    Top Performers

    Utah: A. Kirilenko 27 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 5 Blk

    Detroit: B. Wallace 6 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Ben Wallace block seals tight win

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Unable to make a shot from the field in the fourth quarter, the Detroit Pistons relied on tough defense and six free throws to beat the Utah Jazz.

    Chasing Red for 6th
    All-Time In Coaching Wins

    Auerbach Sloan
    Seasons 20 20
    Reg. season wins 938 937
    Playoff app. 20 16
    NBA titles 9 0

    Richard Hamilton scored 15 points and the Pistons overcome 0-for-15 shooting in the fourth quarter to beat the Jazz 64-62 Sunday.

    "It's a miracle," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "We didn't get anything accomplished against their zone, but we luck out and win the game."

    The futility wasn't limited to the Pistons, however. It was the lowest scoring game for each franchise, and the teams combined for an NBA-record 18 points in the final period, beating the 19 points by Miami and Toronto in the fourth quarter on Feb. 2, 2004.

    "That's as ugly as it can get, but our defense held on long enough to win the game," said Detroit's Chauncey Billups, who scored just one point in the second half. "It was like a lid was on the basket. We got some good looks -- we got some great looks -- we just couldn't knock them down."

    Brown announced after the game that he will have surgery on Monday and miss an undetermined amount of time. Brown's procedure is related to the hip surgery that caused him to miss six games in November.

    Detroit led 58-50 at the start of the fourth quarter, and its six free throws were enough to hold off the Jazz. Utah shot 4-for-20 in the fourth.

    "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot, especially late in the game," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "That's just the way it goes sometimes."

    Sloan is still one win shy of tying Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach for sixth all-time in NBA regular season coaching victories. Auerbach won 938 games in 20 seasons, most of them with the Boston Celtics.

    Utah was within a point for the final two minutes, but Ben Wallace blocked a shot by Andrei Kirilenko, and after Billups made one of two free throws, Howard Eisley missed a potential tying jumper at the buzzer.

    The teams' 126 total points ranks as the sixth-lowest scoring game in NBA history. The league low for combined scoring is 119 points by Boston (62) and Milwaukee (57), at Providence, R.I., on Feb. 27, 1955.

    Both teams had 127-point games -- Detroit in a 74-53 win over Denver in 2002, and Utah in a 71-56 loss to Seattle in 1999.

    Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 15 points, while Billups added 12 points and Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess each had 10.

    Kirilenko led all scorers with 27 points. Matt Harpring added 10 points and was the only other Utah player to score in double figures.

    "Andrei had a great game," Sloan said. "I think he is really starting to step up and become the type of leader that we need."

    Detroit led 38-29 at the half despite a 12-minute stretch in which the Pistons managed just six points. Billups had 11 points for Detroit, and Kirilenko scored 12 for the Jazz.

    Utah opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run, closing within a basket but never tying the score. Rasheed Wallace's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left gave the Pistons a 58-50 lead heading into the final quarter.

    That's when the Detroit stepped up its defense, holding Utah scoreless for the first 4:27 of the final period and extending its lead to 11 points.

    Utah got within 63-62 on Mehmet Okur's jumper with 2:07 to play, but couldn't get a go-ahead basket. After Ben Wallace's block, Billups hit one of two free throws to make it 64-62 with 2.6 seconds left.

    Game notes


    The referees reviewed Billups' buzzer-beating shot at the end of the first quarter. The officials confirmed that the replay showed that Hamilton's inbound pass landed on the line before it got to Billups, but they are not allowed to overturn a call for that reason, so the basket stood. ... Okur, a member of last year's championship team, received an ovation from the crowd before the game. ... Okur was called for a flagrant foul on McDyess, the man who replaced him in the Pistons' rotation, in the fourth quarter. ... Neither team had a field goal in the first 5:49 of the fourth quarter. The teams missed a combined 17 straight shots.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    DET
    Points 62 64
    FGM-FGA 24-74 (.324) 23-73 (.315)
    3PM-3PA 1-7 (.143) 1-18 (.056)
    FTM-FTA 13-17 (.765) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-48 13-43
    Assists 18 12
    Turnovers 18 14
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 7 11
    Fast Break Points 6 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/1) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 11

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Detroit
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 27
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 5
    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 6
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3