Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE
A jumper by Gordon Hayward capped a late Utah run as the Jazz defeated the Kings, 104-102, in Salt Lake City.
James Johnson drove the length of the court following Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward's 22-foot jumper with less than five seconds remaining only to miss the desperation runner that would have tied the game as the Sacramento Kings fell, 104-102, at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday night.
Hayward was terrific off the bench for Utah (7-6), scoring a game-high 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting. He scored ten of those points in a 31-22 fourth quarter that sealed the Kings' fate. Utah won the battle of the boards by a margin of 43-31 and scored 31 fast break points to the Kings' 11. Sacramento (3-9) led by as many as 13 points, but shot just 38.1 percent in the fourth quarter as the Jazz made a furious comeback.
Tyreke Evans led the Kings' balanced scoring with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field, going 1 of 3 from the three-point line. He added five assists, four rebounds and two steals on the evening. Six Kings players scored in double figures, but they could not overcome the cold shooting spell in the fourth quarter.