Kings scorched by hot Jazz, 122-101

By George Devine, Sr.

The Utah Jazz came to Sacramento following a loss, and the Kings had just beaten the Dallas Mavericks, but the positions of winner and loser were reversed with a 122-101 win for the visitors.

The Jazz led in the first three quarters, and the Kings by only one for the fourth. But that slim margin was too little and too late, for by the time that final frame began the Jazz led by 24.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento and Isaiah Thomas hit 20, but it would not be enough.

Richard Jefferson of the Jazz had 20 points. Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward had 17 each and Alec Burks had 15. Favors also contributed 7 boards. It was a record night for Utah in points scored and in assists with 35.

In the third quarter Kings’ coach Mike Malone was hit with a technical foul. The three newest members of the team, acquired earlier this week — Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray — did not play.

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