Cousins leads Kings past Jazz 112-102 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 12:12 am •  Published: December 8, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sacramento blew a big lead in the fourth quarter and the Kings' began to show that look of defeat.

"You saw it on everybody's face. It was like 'Here we go again,'" Isaiah Thomas said. "But I just told guys, 'Let's just stick together. Win or lose, let's stick together this time.'"

Thomas noticed his teammates started keeping their heads up. He saw something different in their eyes.

"We stayed together and fought hard. We fought until the end," said Thomas, who scored 23 of his 26 points after halftime to help the Kings snap a six-game skid with a 112-102 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

"I just wanted to be aggressive and make some plays. I saw some openings and took what the defense gave to try and get myself going. That set up everything else," Thomas said.

After early foul trouble, DeMarcus Cousins finished with 28 points, dominating the paint in overtime.

"We stayed poised. Usually when we get in those situations, we kind of get in a panic mode and make the situation worse," Cousins said.

Trey Burke gave the Jazz their final lead at 102-101 with a 3-pointer, but the Kings scored the final 11 points of overtime. Burke finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Thomas clinched it when he stole the ball from Alec Burks and got a return pass from Cousins for a layup to give the Kings a 110-102 lead with 57 seconds left.

"It was a big play. I didn't think Burks was going to pass it, so I helped more than I usually would," Thomas said. "I got my hands on it and then DeMarcus made a good play by throwing the ball ahead."

Kings guard Ben McLemore made a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 97-97.

"Isaiah was telling me after the huddle that I was going to hit a big shot," McLemore said. "And I thought I was going to make it even though I had missed a couple of 3s earlier."

Thomas added, "He knocked down the biggest shot of his NBA career so far."

Gordon Hayward had 22 points for Utah, but didn't score in overtime. The Jazz were missing injured starters Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams.

Thomas made two free throws to cut the Jazz lead to 93-92 with 37.9 seconds remaining. Burke and Burks each converted two free throws apiece in the final 18.2 seconds around Cousin's inside shot before McLemore hit his big 3.



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