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Jazz 107, Pistons 94

Game 56: Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn HillsAnalysis

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- When you're down 16-6 early, and Karl Malone has taken precisely one shot -- from 19 feet out, at that -- it doesn't take a (insert impressive job title of choice here) to figure out what to do next.

Get Malone the ball.

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan did, and Malone rewarded him with a dominating 31-point performance in Utah's 107-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

"I never got him a post-up in the first four or five minutes of the game," Sloan said. "He (just) basically got a couple of looks at the basket outside. But once he started posting up and got some things inside, I think his whole confidence level picked up."

And it doesn't take a (insert job title of your boss here) to figure out what happens after that. -- Tim Buckley

RECORDS: Jazz 36-20; Pistons 28-29

NEXT UP: Utah at Charlotte, Friday, 6 p.m. at Charlotte Coliseum (KJZZ/TNT)

Three keys

Jazz bench answers the bell.

Karl Malone comes up with 31.

Pistons well-worn after Tuesday loss at Indiana.

Quotable

"He gets in a pretty good rhythm, sometimes. For the last 15 years." -- Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on Karl Malone, who scored 31 points