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Jazz halt four-game losing streak at Sac

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POSTED December 12, 2013 12:19 a.m.

SACRAMENTO AP) — Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and the Utah Jazz halted a four-game skid, cruising to a 122-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

The Jazz led by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter, five points more than their previous largest lead after a quarter this season.

Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward scored 17 points apiece for the Jazz, who established season highs for assists (35) and points scored. Utah, which has the NBA’s worst record (5-20), shot 54 percent and scored more than 100 points for just the sixth time this season.

Alec Burks had 15 points and rookie point guard Trey Burke added 11 points and nine assists for Utah. Jeremy Evans added 11 points.

DeMarcus Cousins had 17 of his 21 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds for the Kings, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Cousins had two early fouls in the opening quarter and logged just seven minutes in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and seven assists for Sacramento, which has played 14 of its first 20 games at home this season, going 4-10. Jimmer Fredette and Derrick Williams each had 13 points, while Marcus Thornton and Jason Thompson added 11 apiece.

The Kings played without their newest acquisitions — Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray.

The trio were acquired in a seven-player trade Monday with the Toronto Raptors, but can’t play until ex-King Greivis Vasquez passes his physical, which is expected to happen Thursday.

Jefferson scored 13 points and Hayward had 11 in the third quarter when Utah thoroughly outplayed the Kings. The Jazz hit six 3-pointers and outscored the Kings 38-26 to assume a 96-72 lead going into the fourth.

Jefferson connected on three 3-pointers in the quarter, the second giving Utah a 79-59 lead at the 6:25 mark. The lead reached 25 points on several occasions, the largest this season for the Jazz.

The Jazz ran their offense effectively in the opening half, picking up 19 assists. Favor and Enes Kantor both had eight points for Utah, took a 58-46 lead into the break.

NOTES: Kings coach Michael Malone got a technical foul in the third quarter following a no-call against Cousins. . The Jazz played the first game in a stretch that has them on the road for seven of eight. . Both Favors (sore lower back) and Marvin Williams (sore right heel) were back in the starting lineup. They missed Saturday’s overtime loss to the visiting Kings.

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