The Kings ended their six game road trip in disappointing fashion, falling to the Utah Jazz in Overtime of a competitive game. Sacramento and Utah both had chances to win it in regulation, but Tyreke Evans came up short at the basket and Utah's Al Jefferson badly missed a three pointer on the other side.
The extra period came down to execution and the Kings failed, running isolation play after isolation play and turning the ball over or getting bad shots. John Salmons missed a few open threes that could have made the game interesting, and the Kings as a whole were just 3-20 from beyond the arc.
DeMarcus Cousins got off to a good start but picked up his 11th technical foul in the 2nd quarter after arguing a missed call. He continued to berate the officials after the halftime whistle had blown, and despite Keith Smart and Isaiah Thomas coming over to settle him down, he dropped an F-bomb that got him ejected from the game. At halftime. I don't know how many times DeMarcus has to get fined, T'd up or tossed out before he realizes that talking to the officials at all does him absolutely no good, and harms the team.
Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes performed admirably in his absence. Thompson scored a season-high 23 points along with 10 rebounds, and Hayes played some excellent defense on Al Jefferson, who finished just 7-17 from the field.
Randy Foye led Utah in scoring with 20 points but the real stars for Utah were Alec Burks (14 points, 4 assists, 2 steals) and Derrick Favors (13 points, 9 rebounds) off the bench. Both players shot 5-7 from the floor and gave Sacramento fits on both ends. Burks hit a couple of big shots down the stretch to seal it for Utah.
Sacramento now gets a long break before facing this Utah Jazz team again, this time at Home. You might recognize this as Here We Buy night. If you haven't gotten your tickets already, why not? We've got discount codes! Use the word "cowbell" at this link and you'll get a lower price.
Do so now, or donate if you can't. We've already received $2,500 in donations since this morning to send needy kids to the game. That's amazing. We want to fill the place up and make it a night to remember.
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