Jazz-Kings Preview

An impressive fourth-quarter run against the Sacramento Kings

helped the Utah Jazz remain undefeated at home.

Now, the Jazz will try to extend their season-high three-game

winning streak with a home-and-home sweep Saturday night.

Down by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter on Friday,

Utah (7-6) rallied for a 104-102 victory as Gordon Hayward’s

22-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds left was the difference. He

finished with a team-high 23 points.

“We turned the ball over (13 times), unfinished plays,

everything we had done to get in that position on the road, in this

building against a good team where you don’t win that often,”

Kings coach Keith Smart told the league’s official website after

his team fell to 0-5 on the road. “Too much one-on-one and it cost

us the game.”

The Jazz, meanwhile, improved to 5-0 at home and moved above the

break-even point for the first time since an opening night win over

Dallas.

“I thought we won with a lot of grit, gut, staying together,”

coach Tyrone Corbin said.

The Jazz may need that type of effort again considering close

finishes between these teams have become common. They split four

contests last season, with the games decided by a total of 12

points.

In their last visit to Sacramento on March 22, the Jazz won

103-102 as Al Jefferson delivered the game-winner with 0.9 seconds

left.

Utah goes for its first back-to-back road wins since that

contest. A victory would also give the Jazz their first 4-0 run

since finishing 2011-12 on a five-game surge.

Losers of six of seven, the Kings (3-9) will try to prevent that

from happening as they open a stretch of five of six at home.

They’ll try to win two straight at home after ending a four-game

skid there with Wednesday’s 113-97 victory over the Los Angeles

Lakers.

Sacramento made a season-best 10 3-pointers on Friday as Aaron

Brooks, Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette each hit three, but it

needs to improve on the glass after pulling down a season-low 31

boards to Utah’s 43.

DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes

combined for 32 points and 18 rebounds in the loss, while

Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors totaled

65 points and 27 boards.

If Jazz point guard Mo Williams can’t go after spraining his

ankle Friday, Jamaal Tinsley will likely step in. The veteran

grabbed six rebounds, handed out 12 assists and stole the ball from

Brooks with 14.9 seconds left to help set up Hayward’s final

shot.

Utah backup Earl Watson could also see more action after

totaling two assists and two rebounds in nine minutes Friday. It

was his first appearance of 2012-13 after undergoing season-ending

knee surgery in April.