NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Utah
(Monday, December 12th)
Final Score: Utah 92, Detroit 78
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Utah Jazz dominated the Detroit Pistons on the boards for a 92-78 victory at the Delta Center.
Andrei Kirilenko totaled 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Utah, while Jarron Collins corralled 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who out-rebounded the Pistons, 55-27.
Kirilenko also blocked four shots as the Jazz overcame injuries to snap Detroit's six-game winning streak and send the Pistons to just their third loss in 18 games this season.
Jazz center Greg Ostertag left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Guards Gordan Giricek (Achilles) and Deron Williams (ear infection) also didn't play.
Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace each had 16 points for Detroit, which was outscored 29-12 in the fourth quarter and shot 38.2 percent from the field for the game. Detroit blew a 13-point halftime lead.
A Hamilton three-pointer put the Pistons ahead 70-67 with 10:05 remaining, but the Jazz locked down defensively and responded with a 15-2 spurt. Okur's three-pointer gave Utah the lead for good at 75-72 with 8:03 remaining, and Kirilenko's layup with 5:39 left made it 82-72.
Detroit couldn't get closer than eight points after that.
The Pistons led 18-15 after one quarter and stretched that margin to 32-21 midway through the second on a driving layup by Maurice Evans. Two free throws by Devin Brown with 3:39 left in the half had Utah within 34-32, but Detroit used a 17-6 spurt to close the quarter for a 51-38 lead at intermission.
Utah opened the third on a 14-2 push, culminated by two free throws from Kirilenko to pull his team within 53-52.
Kirilenko's jumper evened the score at 61 later in the quarter, but the Pistons held a 66-63 edge going into the fourth.
Detroit center Ben Wallace was limited to four point sand six rebounds in 36 minutes...The points were a season-high for Kirilenko...Detroit has lost 14 of its last 16 at Utah...The Jazz have won eight of the last 13 meetings...Chauncey Billups had 14 points, Antonio McDyess scored 12 and Tayshaun Prince had 10 for Detroit.
12/13 00:43:27 ET