AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Karl Malone scored 31 points, including 14 in the third quarter, as the Utah Jazz beat the Detroit Pistons 107-94 Wednesday night.

Malone, who left the game for good with the Jazz ahead by 18 in the opening seconds of the fourth, added 13 rebounds and six assists.

Armon Gilliam added 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Utah, while John Stockton had 11 points and seven assists.

Grant Hill led Detroit with 26, but shot just 7-for-18, and Jerry Stackhouse added 17.

The Jazz led 33-32 after one quarter, then held Detroit scoreless for the first 5:24 of the second period to build a 45-32 edge. Utah led 60-48 at the half behind Malone's 17 points.

Detroit had several chances to get close in the third, but didn't help matters by missing five of eight free throws in one stretch. Utah took advantage with an 9-2 run that put them ahead 80-63 late in the quarter. Stockton and Malone scored all nine points.

Detroit didn't get closer than 17 until the last minute of the game.

Notes: The Pistons hit their first eight shots of the game, then only four of their next 21. During that second stretch, Utah outscored Detroit 39-17. ... Detroit was called for five technicals - three for illegal defenses and one each on coach Alvin Gentry and Jerry Stackhouse for arguing calls. ... Jeff Hornacek, who is on pace to challenge Calvin Murphy's free-throw percentage record, missed his first attempt of the night. He entered the game shooting .957 (133-139) for the year. ... Eric Montross, who shot just 34.4 percent from the free throw line last season, had his first attempts of this season Wednesday. Shooting jumpers, he missed both.