Kings stun Jazz on road with Evans' career high
Rookie Tyreke Evans did his best to make up for Kevin Martin's absence in the Sacramento Kings' backcourt.
Evans scored a season-high 32 points and the Kings held off the Utah Jazz 104-99 on Saturday night in their first game without the high-scoring Martin.
Evans, the fourth pick in the June draft, became the focal point of the offense in place of Martin, who averaged 30.6 points in the first five games. Martin will have surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his left wrist and may be out for two months.
The Kings relied on Evans creating off the dribble along with drive-and-kicks to perimeter players standing ready to shoot at the 3-point line. Evans made 16 of 19 free throws as he repeatedly drew fouls on his way to the basket.