Utah deals Pistons defeat No. 5


Published: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Andrei Kirilenko had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and former Pistons player Mehmet Okur added 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat Detroit for the second time this season, 94-90 in overtime Saturday night.
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.
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 then made a jumper, which was answered by Ben Wallace, making it 92-90.
Palacio then iced the game with a driving layup with 4.6 seconds to go.
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.
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    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.
    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.
    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.
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