Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/12

Game 1: Monday, December 12th
Game 2: Saturday, January 7th

Jazz 94

(17-17, 9-9 away)

Pistons 90

(26-5, 14-2 home)

Coverage: WDIV

7:30 PM ET, January 7, 2006

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 OT T
UTAH 16 20 19 27 1294
DET 30 14 21 17 890

Top Performers

UTAH: A. Kirilenko 24 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Det: C. Billups 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

Kirilenko, Okur net double-doubles in Jazz win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Utah Jazz seem to have a secret that the rest of the NBA would love for them to share.

The problem is, the Jazz aren't sure why they appear to be the only team in the NBA that the Detroit Pistons can't beat.

Andrei Kirilenko had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and former Pistons player Mehmet Okur added 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Jazz beat Detroit for the second time this season, 94-90 in overtime Saturday night.

"I guess they have to lose to somebody, don't they?" Kirilenko asked. "I don't know. It isn't like we need any extra motivation when we are playing the best team in basketball."

The win gave Utah a season-series sweep of Detroit and almost as many wins against the Pistons (2) as the rest of the NBA combined (3). The 26-5 Pistons, losers for just the second time in 13 games, had their 10-game home winning streak snapped.

"Even after playing them twice, and going to overtime tonight, I still can't get a good feeling about why we have problems with them," Chauncey Billups said. "They keep you off-balance and they are very disciplined. They are just a well-coached team."

The Pistons led in the extra period until Okur's 3-pointer gave Utah an 88-86 edge with 2:33 to go. After Tayshaun Prince missed, Greg Ostertag's dunk gave the Jazz a four-point advantage.

Rasheed Wallace's jumper cut the margin in half, but Okur rebounded Deron Williams' miss at the other end, then was fouled by Wallace. Milt Palacio made a jumper, which was answered by Ben Wallace, making it 92-90.

"Palacio, Williams and Ostertag all hurt us in overtime," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "Those aren't the guys you would normally expect."

Palacio then iced the game with a driving layup with 4.6 seconds to go.

"Those shots, the jumper and the layup, were pretty big, I guess," he said. "I felt they were leaving me a little at that point, so if I was just aggressive, I felt I could do something."

Billups scored 19 of his 24 points after halftime, and Richard Hamilton added 18. Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds, but just four points.

Williams had 14 points for Utah off the bench.

Detroit led 30-14 after one quarter, holding Utah to 30 percent from the floor, but the Jazz got back into the game in the second quarter. Utah was as close as 36-34 before the Pistons finished the half with a 8-2 run. Antonio McDyess had 10 points off the bench for Detroit and Kirilenko had 14 for Utah.

"We've had a lot of games like this," Kirilenko said. "We start slow, get down by 15 or 20, and then we start playing. We're inconsistent."

Utah took its first lead at 54-53 on Okur's free throw after a technical on Rasheed Wallace late in the third.

The Pistons, though, scored the next eight points, including 3-pointers by Billups and Hamilton, and led 65-55 at quarter's end.

The Jazz got within 73-70 on Osterag's layup with 6:17 left, then tied the game at 75 on five straight points by Deron Williams with 3:34 to go.

The game was tied at 80 when Williams missed with 1:04 to go. Billups missed twice at the other end, but Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince kept the possession alive with offensive rebounds.

Williams then made what appeared to be a rookie mistake with 21 seconds to go, fouling Billups, one of the league's best free-throw shooters.

After Billups made both shots, Prince fouled Kirilenko on a drive, and his two free throws tied it again with 15 seconds to go.

Billups missed a high-arcing underhanded layup at the buzzer.

"It was a high pick-and-roll, but I slipped coming around the corner," he said. "All I could do was try that long finger roll."

Game notes

Prince, Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Hamilton missed all 12 of their second-quarter field-goal attempts. ... Detroit split its only back-to-back at home this season. ... Kirilenko and Okur combined for 46 points and 24 rebounds in Utah's 92-78 home win over Detroit on Dec. 12.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 94 90
FGM-FGA 34-81 (.420) 32-88 (.364)
3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 5-16 (.313)
FTM-FTA 21-29 (.724) 21-26 (.808)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 21-56 20-41
Assists 22 21
Turnovers 14 7
Steals 3 5
Blocks 7 6
Fast Break Points 15 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 20 (1/0)
Largest Lead 4 14

Top Performers

Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
Points: 24
Reb: 11
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Chauncey Billups Billups
Points: 24
Reb: 4
Ast: 8
Stl: 1
Blk: 0