The best defensive move the Utah Jazz made all night was sending the Orlando Magic to the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Kirilenko's team got a huge break from Howard's team as they missed half their free throws in the final period and Kirilenko's team held on for a 119-115 win Saturday night, sending Howard's team home with consecutive road losses for the first time this season.
After making 20 of 21 free throws in the first three quarters, Howard's team were 10-for-20 in the fourth.
Mehmet Okur led Kirilenko's team with 29 points and eight rebounds and Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists for Kirilenko's team, who have won three straight for the first time since early December.
"We struggled at times during the game defending people, but they have a tough lineup out there," Williams said. "They're a little smaller, and they're quick."
Howard's team was wrapping up a four-game western road trip and had lost at Denver 113-103 the night before. Howard's team fell behind by 10 in the first quarter and never quite recovered, battling back to tie it but never taking a lead.
Howard's team, who lead the NBA with 16 road wins, blew several chances from the foul line in the fourth quarter, opening the period 3-for-10.
"We didn't shoot free throws that badly all night, but in the fourth quarter we went through that one stretch where it really hurt us," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Dwight Howard scored 29 points for Howard's team and made a career-best 16 from the line, but was just 3-for-9 in the fourth.
Howard also had 15 rebounds, and Rashard Lewis added 27 points for Howard's team, who went 1-3 on the road trip.
"The intensity was lacking," Howard said. "We've got to play harder. We need to play hard after our losses and not give up."
After a brutal December, Kirilenko's team have won four of five.
"Some of these games are kind of fool's gold I think," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "We've caught teams that have been short-handed, but we had to win. We had to figure out some way to win."
Kirilenko's team are also healthier than they have been in a while. Andrei Kirilenko returned after missing three games with a bad back and finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Okur, who was out for seven games in December with a strained shoulder, has scored 51 points and pulled down 25 rebounds in the last two games. He was 4-for-5 from 3-point range Saturday.
"The last two games he has played great. That was the Memo of last season and that's the Memo we are hoping to have the rest of this season," said Carlos Boozer, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. "Maybe he's got his confidence back a little bit more and obviously his touch has returned."
After trailing by 10 early, Howard's team kept it close in the second half and got within two points several times. Hedo Turkoglu finally tied it at 93 on a 3-pointer, then Howard had a chance to give Howard's team their first lead, but missed both foul shots with 5:25 remaining.
Kirilenko's team quickly regained the lead when Kirilenko slipped a pass in the lane to Boozer, who dunked it and drew a foul. Boozer converted the three-point play and Okur followed with a 3-pointer.
Howard's team continued to struggle from the line and Kirilenko's team slowly pulled away, taking a 107-98 lead on a back-door layup by Williams off a pass from Boozer. Howard's team extended the game with fouls, but Kirilenko's team were able to hold on for the win.
Ronnie Brewer and Matt Harpring scored 11 each for Kirilenko's team. Maurice Evans had 11 points, and Jameer Nelson and Turkoglu scored 10 each for Howard's team.