Jazz 104, Kings 102

Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin shuffled his lineup again, making

Marvin Williams a starter. He also left Gordon Hayward in a reserve

role.

It sure worked out Friday night.

Hayward scored 23 points, including the winning basket with 4.5

seconds left, and the Jazz rallied for a 104-102 victory over the

Sacramento Kings.

Williams added 20 points, including 7 of 7 from the line – part

of a huge disparity that played a key role in Utah’s rally. The

Jazz trailed by 13 with 8 1/2 minutes left.

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

Corbin said.

Utah’s big rally was even more impressive considering starting

point guard Mo Williams sprained his right ankle in the first half

and was in a walking boot after the game.

The Jazz stepped up their defense, got aggressive at the other

end, and made the most out of their opportunities at the line.

”We got stops, we rebounded and we attacked,” said Al

Jefferson, who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Kings had one final shot but James Johnson’s running jumper

at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the rim and the Jazz (7-6)

remained perfect at home.

”It says a lot that we were down by a lot, knowing that we

didn’t hold our heads down,” said Jamaal Tinsley, who teamed with

reserve Earl Watson to pick up the slack when Mo Williams went out

midway through the second quarter.

Tyreke Evans led Sacramento (3-9) with 19 points and reserve

Marcus Thornton added 18, including 13 in the final period.

Tinsley missed his final shot after Thornton had tied it at 102

with a 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining. But Tinsley stole the

ball back from point guard Aaron Brooks with 15 seconds to go,

setting the stage for Hayward’s big shot.

The 34-year-old Tinsley prides himself in playing good

defense.

”The last nine minutes we just came out and gave it our all,”

said Tinsley, who had 12 assists, six rebounds and two steals.

The Kings were left shaking their heads, wondering what went

wrong.

”I don’t know,” Evans said. ”No way we should have lost that

game being up by a big margin.”

The Kings led 92-79 with 8 1/2 minutes left but couldn’t hold

on. Hayward, Marvin Williams, Derrick Favors, Tinsley, Jefferson

and DeMarre Carroll each played a key role in Utah’s comeback.

Favors finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of blocked

shots.

Carroll’s fast-break layup ignited the crowd, and Jefferson had

a key steal against DeMarcus Cousins with the Jazz down just

three.

Jefferson’s putback gave Utah a 102-99 lead but Thornton tied it

with a 3-pointer, only to have Tinsley make the key defensive play

against Brooks and set Hayward up for the winner.

”We turned the ball over, 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 said. ”Too much one-on-one and it cost us the game.”

The rally spoiled another homecoming for former Brigham Young

star Jimmer Fredette, who was making his third professional visit

to Utah. Fredette hit three 3-pointers and finished with 10 points,

enduring a mix of cheers and boos.

While he earned more playing time Friday than he had seen in the

previous three games combined, the loss was what mattered.

”It just crumbled for us,” Fredette said.

Corbin was most proud of the defense.

”You get some stops and you feed off them,” he said. ”You get

plays that make your team feel the momentum change. One leads to

another and you close down a little bit. The guys just feed off

each other.”

NOTES: The teams turn around and play Saturday in Sacramento.

… Watson was active for the first time since tearing cartilage in

his right knee April 8, then undergoing season-ending surgery later

that month. He finished with two assists and two rebounds, and had

a crowd-pleasing alley-oop pass to Hayward in the fourth. …

Cousins started slowly and finished with 14 points for the Kings,

but he also had four turnovers and made key fouls late on Utah’s

guards.