Andrei Kirilenko scored 15 of his 22 points after halftime, including two free throws with 9.8 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.
Detroit's Ben Gordon scored 25 points, but missed a potential tying 3-pointer in the final second. Rodney Stuckey added 18 points, and Charlie Villanueva had 17 points in the Pistons' fourth consecutive loss.
Utah had a chance to win it in regulation, but Paul Millsap missed a jumper at the buzzer after Gordon's two free throws tied it at 90 with 22.1 seconds left.
Detroit scored the final nine points of the third quarter to erase a five-point deficit and take a 68-64 lead into the fourth quarter.
Source: AP News