Enes Kanter also scored 16 points and Jeremy Evans contributed 14
points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz passed the Kings at the bottom of
the Western Conference standings. Gordon Hayward added 12 points for
Utah, which committed just eight turnovers.
Jason Thompson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who lost
their fourth consecutive game. Center DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and
forward Rudy Gay (Achilles) each missed their third straight game
and point guard Isaiah Thomas left in the third quarter with a
Derrick Williams added 17 points and a season-best 15 rebounds and
Ben McLemore scored 14 points off the bench for Sacramento. The
Kings rallied from a 20-point deficit and got within 104-99 on
McLemore's 3-point play with 31.7 seconds remaining before the Jazz
held off the charge.
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The contest was tied at 50 at halftime before Williams scored 12
third-quarter points as Utah took an 81-70 lead into the final
stanza. The Jazz scored seven straight points to push the lead to
92-72 with 7:28 to play.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Favors has posted back-to-back double-doubles since
returning from a hip injury. … Thomas had just 10 points in 25
minutes before exiting and his streak of consecutive games with at
least one 3-pointer ended at 37, two shy of Mitch Richmond's
franchise mark. … The Jazz were 12-for-25 from the free-throw line
in the final quarter to finish at 35-for-53.
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