SALT LAKE CITY – Andrei Kirilenko had 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the short-handed Utah Jazz ended Detroit’s six-game winning streak by beating the Pistons 92-78.

Kirilenko also had four blocks and Mehmet Okur finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds against his former team.

Already depleted by injuries and illness, Utah lost center Greg Ostertag 2:07 into the game with a sore knee. The remaining 10 members of the Jazz – actually nine because rookie C.J. Miles didn’t play – became just the third team to beat the Pistons this season.

Detroit shot only 9-for-32 from the field in the second half and gave Utah two baskets on goaltending calls in the fourth quarter, when the Jazz outscored the Pistons 29-12. Detroit, which beat the Clippers 109-101 Sunday night in Los Angeles, also made just eight of 15 free throws in the second half.

Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points apiece for Detroit, which still has the best record in the NBA at 15-3.

Utah welcomed back owner Larry Miller, who returned to his courtside seats after skipping eight home games because he was frustrated with his underachieving team. Miller didn’t show much emotion, but had to be pleased with Monday’s effort.

The Jazz outrebounded the Pistons 55-27, pulling down 17 offensive boards, and frustrated the Pistons.

Chauncey Billups, Hamilton and Ben Wallace all were called for technical fouls. Milt Palacio and coach Jerry Sloan also got technicals for the Jazz in the game, which had 52 personal fouls.

After trailing 51-38 at halftime, Utah scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to get back within range, then took over in the final period.

Kirilenko threw a pass nearly the length of the court to Palacio, who missed on a layup attempt, but Okur was there for the rebound. After missing on the putback, he grabbed his own offensive rebound and his second layup rolled in to tie it at 70.

After a shot-clock violation and a timeout by Detroit, Matt Harpring put Utah up with a jumper from the free-throw line.

Detroit tied it again, then Okur answered with a 3-pointer to put Utah up 75-72. Jarron Collins drew an offensive foul on Antonio McDyess. Kirilenko added a layup off an offensive rebound, Jarron Collins hit a turnaround jumper and Okur added a free throw after Ben Wallace’s technical foul with 5:49 left. Kirilenko completed the 10-0 run for the Jazz on a driving left-handed layup.

Kirilenko, who was limping earlier in the quarter, later tipped a pass from Palacio up and over the rim to put Utah up 89-76 with 2:47 remaining. That just about sealed it and the Jazz got a standing ovation from most of the 18,275 fans at the end.

Notes: Former Jazz guard Carlos Arroyo was booed when he entered the game late in the first quarter. … The Pistons made 14 of 15 free throws in the first half. … Harpring, who was nursing a sore knee, finished with 11 points. … Billups finished with 14 points.

AP-ES-12-12-05 2350EST


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