Adbur-Rahim’s late three helps Kings silence Jazz
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Shareef Abdur-Rahim drilled the game-
winning three-pointer with 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift
Sacramento past Utah, 98-97, at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Kings, trailing by 95-83 with 4:01 remaining, went on a 10-0 scamper that
was finished up by Mike Bibby’s driving layup and free throw to make it a
95-93 contest with 1:58 on the clock. Carlos Boozer followed up with a jumper
for the Jazz, but Bibby responded with one of his own to keep it a two-point
Utah’s Derek Fisher then turned the ball over after a bad pass and Ron Artest
found Abdur-Rahim for an open shot from beyond the left side of the arc for
the go-ahead basket.
With one last chance for the win, Fisher and Deron Williams both missed jump
shots in the final seconds as Sacramento spun the come-back upset victory.
Abdur-Rahim finished with 21 points off the bench with eight rebounds while
Bibby scored 19 points and also grabbed eight boards. Artest posted 11 points,
Kevin Martin had 13 and Brad Miller donated 10 for the Kings, who have won two
of three after losing five in a row.
Mehmet Okur scored 17 points and Williams finished with 15 and nine assists
for the Jazz, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the
second time in their last six games.
Carlos Boozer netted 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko
added 11 points and 11 boards in the win.
Abdur-Rahim’s two free throws tied the game at 27 for the Kings after one
quarter of play, but the Jazz went into halftime with a slim 54-53 edge after
Okur drilled a trey.
Utah took charge in the third with an early 12-2 spurt, capped by an Okur
jumper at the 8:23 mark. The double-digit lead remained and the Jazz took a
77-66 advantage into the fourth, but were outscored 32-20 in the final frame.
The Kings shot 40.5 percent from the floor while the Jazz finished 46.6
percent shooting…Utah’s Gordon Giricek finished with 12 points off the
bench…Sacramento hosts Phoenix on Saturday while Utah visits Indiana on