Jazz move to 11-1 with big rally to down ailing Kings
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer poured in 32 points and pulled
down 13 rebounds to help Utah continue its best start in franchise history
with a 110-101 comeback win over the Sacramento Kings.
Deron Williams added 20 points and 13 assists, and Mehmet Okur came up big
again with 10 points and 10 boards, as the Jazz moved to 11-1 on the season.
Matt Harpring and Derek Fisher each came off the bench for 16 points for Utah,
which overcame a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to win at ARCO Arena
for just the third time in the last 11 tries. The Jazz finished the game on a
Kevin Martin scored 24 points and had eight rebounds for the Kings, who
suffered their third consecutive defeat. Ron Artest had 19 points and four
steals for the Kings, while Ronnie Price scored 16 in a reserve role.
Kings guard Mike Bibby scored 12 points, but left the game in the second
quarter after hurting his right leg. He came back briefly before leaving again
with a thigh contusion. To make matters worse for the Kings, Artest missed a
portion of the game with back spasms.
“With Mike only playing 21 minutes it hurt our offense efficiency,” Kings
coach Eric Musselman said. “Having said that, I feel our guys played hard. I
just think we got stopped down the stretch.”
The Jazz fell behind 55-37 at halftime and Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s three-point
play to open the third gave the Kings their largest lead.
However, Utah scored 10 in a row at one stretch to close within 61-51, but the
Kings built the cushion back to 19 later in the period before settling for an
84-71 lead going into the fourth.
That’s when the Jazz made a big turnaround. Abdur-Rahim’s hook shot made it
95-83 with 8:06 left, but Utah scored the next eight points, with Boozer’s
bank shot drawing his team within four with 4:56 remaining.
An Artest free throw had Sacramento ahead 99-96 with 2:35 left, but Utah
scored the next 10 points. The Jazz finally went in front on an Okur jumper
with 1:45 left, and his jam capped the flurry with 50 seconds left.
Price countered with a layup, but Fisher made four free throws down the
stretch to seal it.
“We can’t still expect to get lucky,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “Bibby went
out of the ball game and Artest was hurting; they weren’t quite the same team
without those guys. They man-handled us all night. Then all of a sudden things
started to change.”
Sacramento raced to a 17-8 lead and was ahead 30-20 after one quarter.
Sloan is five wins shy of 1,000 for his career…The Jazz are now 5-0 without
the injured Andrei Kirilenko in the lineup…Ronnie Brewer had 11 points for
Utah…Abdur-Rahim scored 11 and Kenny Thomas had 10 for the Kings…Utah shot
54.8 percent from the floor.