Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 2: Friday, November 15th

Jazz 75

(3-7, 1-6 away)

Pistons 86

(7-2, 4-0 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    8:00 PM ET, November 15, 2002

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 14 23 15 2375
    DET 23 20 28 1586

    Top Performers

    UTAH: G. Ostertag 11 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Det: R. Hamilton 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Pistons churn ahead with 21-2 run, sweep Jazz

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons thought they had a chance to wear out well-traveled Utah, and they were right.


    Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups added 17 as Detroit used a 21-2 third-quarter run to beat the Jazz 86-75 Friday night.

    Utah, which fell to 1-3 on their road trip, were playing for the fourth time in five nights, while the Pistons were operating on two days' rest.

    "We knew they had to be tired, and we made them work hard in the first half,'' Hamilton said. "They just ran out of gas in the third and fourth quarters.''

    The Jazz were without forward Andrei Kirilenko, who was a late scratch with a strained back. Greg Ostertag led Utah with 11 points, while Karl Malone and Calbert Cheaney had 10 each.

    Ben Wallace added 15 rebounds and six blocks to help Detroit improve to 4-0 at home.

    "When we are playing great team defense, it's easier for me to focus on rebounds and blocking shots,'' Wallace said. "We took away their first option on a lot of possessions and made them take shots they didn't want to take.''

    The win gave Detroit a 2-0 sweep of the season series.

    "It's always big when you can beat Utah twice in one year,'' said Pistons coach Rick Carlisle. "That doesn't happen very often.''

    "They beat us and they didn't even break a sweat,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They had control of everything almost all night long.''

    Ostertag thought Wallace's defense and rebounding turned the game around.

    "That's why he was the defensive player of the year,'' he said. "When every shot goes up, you have to find him, so you can't worry about getting the rebound. He's a good player, but he is a rebounding machine. They pay him to rebound and block shots, and that's what he does.''

    Utah tied the game at 45 with an 8-0 run early in the third, getting two baskets and an assist from Malone. But Detroit regained control with its big run to finish the quarter.

    Hamilton scored seven of the 21 points during the run, while Michael Curry and Billups added five each. The Jazz managed just one basket over the seven-minute stretch, missing eight of nine shots and turning the ball over five times.

    "We knew they were playing their fourth game in five nights, so we wanted to make solid defense and play with a lot of energy,'' Carlisle said. "They made a couple runs at us when we didn't do that, but we picked it up at the end of the half.''

    The run gave the Pistons a 71-52 lead at the end of the period, and Utah was never able to get within single digits.

    The Pistons led 43-37 after a sloppy first half, in which both teams committed 14 turnovers. The biggest difference came from the benches, as the Pistons reserves outscored Utah's 19-10. The teams finished with 23 turnovers.

    "We thought we were getting that problem fixed, but it came back tonight,'' Carlisle said. "A lot of those are coming from offensive fouls. They are calling them tight, and we have not done a good job of adjusting.''

    Game notes

    Matt Harpring, Utah's second-leading scorer as the sixth man, replaced Kirilenko in the starting lineup. He scored eight points. ... Detroit picked up two defensive 3-second technicals in the first 2:06 of the third quarter. ... Kirilenko scored 14 points in 37 minutes Thursday in Washington, but he was removed from the lineup at game time. His status is unknown for Sunday's game in Toronto. ... Malone and John Stockton entered the game with 6,161 more career points than the entire 14-man Detroit roster.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 86
    FGM-FGA 32-76 (.421) 34-66 (.515)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 10-16 (.625) 12-17 (.706)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-36 7-34
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 24 24
    Steals 9 4
    Blocks 2 10
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 17 (4/0)

    Top Performers

    Greg Ostertag Ostertag
    Points: 11
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 25
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0