Jefferson and Jazz roll past Kings 122-101

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2013 at 12:54 am •  Published: December 12, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For one night at least, the Utah Jazz bore no resemblance to a team with the NBA's worst record.

Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and the Jazz had five players in double figures to halt a four-game skid, defeating the Sacramento Kings 122-101 Wednesday night for their largest margin of victory this season.

The Jazz (5-20), who had never led by more than 19 points this season, never trailed and were ahead by 24 after three quarters and stretched the lead to 28 in the fourth. They also established a season-high with 35 assists and had a season-low six turnovers against a Kings team playing without the three players it acquired from Toronto in a seven-player trade on Monday.

"We've lost a lot of close games this year, especially early in the season when we had as many as four players out," said Utah's Gordon Hayward, who had 17 points. "When we have our whole team here it's a different story. This was our best game this season for sure."

The return of Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams to the starting lineup certainly helped. Favors (sore lower back) and Williams (sore right heel) each missed Saturday's bitter home loss when the Kings rallied in the fourth quarter and won in overtime.

"That was in our minds right from the tip off. We owed those guys," Hayward said.

Favors had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for Utah, which shot 54 percent and scored over 100 points for only the sixth time this season. The Jazz were 13 of 23 from 3-point range and looked good at times on the defensive end, blocking eight shots.

Alec Burks had 15 points for Utah and rookie point guard Trey Burke contributed 11 points and nine assists. Jeremy Evans also had 11 points and Williams added eight points and five assists.

"They didn't feel us for 1 second on the floor tonight," Kings coach Michael Malone said. "It's disappointing, but the challenge tomorrow is to get our new guys to practice and them get acclimated to us as a team."

The Kings new players — Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray — can't play until ex-King Greivis Vasquez passes his physical, which is expected to happen Thursday.



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