SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—Even after Ron Artest went down, plenty of good defense was played in the fourth quarter Friday night.
All of it was by the Utah Jazz.
The Sacramento Kings did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter, allowing the Jazz to rally for an 89-79 victory.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 14 of his 24 points in the quarter and sparked Utah’s dominant defensive effort against the Kings, who were 0-for-20 from the field.
“We just concentrate the whole fourth quarter and you see how many field goals we let them score,” Kirilenko said. “We were very, very active.”
Artest led the Kings with 20 points and denied Kirilenko easy drives to the basket early in the game, but injured his hip on two consecutive plays in the fourth quarter and left the game for good with 5:32 to play and the game tied at 72.
The Kings were outscored 34-12 in the final period. The last time the Kings failed to convert a field goal in a quarter was Feb. 4, 1987, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
It last happened in the NBA on March 13, 2005, by the Detroit Pistons against the Jazz, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“We got brain-locked in the fourth,” Artest said.
“We played unbelievable defense,” countered Milt Palacio.
Palacio started in place of the injured Gordan Giricek and scored 19 points, had four assists and four steals to lead the Jazz to their second straight win after losing five of six.
Kirilenko made all 12 of his free throw attempts in the quarter and made 16-of-17 overall to go with his 11 rebounds and strong defense.
“From the line I was concentrating. I was a machine,” Kirilenko said. “I like scoring, especially from the free throw line, especially in the fourth quarter, especially with the game on the line.”
Artest sustained a hip pointer and said he was in considerable pain after the game. He will be evaluated more fully when the Kings return to Sacramento, according to team officials.
Mike Bibby, who had scored 40 points four times in the last 10 games, scored 15 points and shot just 4-of-16.
“They gave us trouble when we missed shots and they got into transition and ran. We weren’t getting back and they were getting easy layups,” Bibby said.
The Kings had their largest lead of the game at 67-55 when Brian Skinner’s layup ended the scoring in the third quarter. But with Artest on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter, the Jazz quickly cut into the lead and put the Kings in the penalty situation with 7:39 to play.
“The Jazz were the aggressors and they took the game over and we just caved in. We came out and gave it to them,” Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. “We didn’t guard them. We turned it over and we just waited for something to happen instead of trying to make it happen.”
Even when Artest returned, he couldn’t stop the collapse. Kirilenko scored six points in the 15-4 run that brought the Jazz within 71-70.
Artest twisted strangely on a drive to the hoop with 6:30 to play and remained on the floor for several moments after Greg Ostertag fouled him. He made one of two free throws.
“Ostertag came at me with his body. He really came and went for the body first and the ball second,” Artest said.
The next time down, Kirilenko blocked Artest’s dunk attempt and Matt Harpring made a layup on the other end. Artest grimaced and held his side before fouling Kirilenko on the next play and leaving with five fouls. Kirilenko’s free throws gave the Jazz their first lead of the game at 74-72.
Ostertag, who scored only 87 points while playing sparingly in Sacramento last season, played a key role in shutting down the Kings in the fourth quarter. After a seven-block, two-rebound performance in the period, including a follow shot when the Kings had closed to 78-75, Ostertag left the game to a standing ovation.
“Greg Ostertag had a tremendous finish for us. He was able to block up the middle and keep them from getting on top of the basket,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
Just last week, Ostertag was suspended for a game after arguing with Sloan.
“We did a great job helping each other out. We got a few fouls and I think we did a pretty good job rotating and making them take tough shots,” Ostertag said.
The Kings’ Brad Miller missed the game with a thumb injury.
The last time the teams met, on Nov. 15, the Kings beat the Jazz 119-83, the largest margin in the 145-game series between the franchises.
Notes:@ Ostertag slammed his fist on top of a courtside monitor and broke it as he came out of the game in the second quarter. Rookie C.J. Miles was recalled from Albuquerque of the NBA Developmental League but did not play for the Jazz. Referees reviewed Artest’s shot at the halftime buzzer and declared it good, seconds after they disallowed Jarron Collins’ layup and foul at the shot clock horn. The last time the Jazz did not allow a field goal in the fourth quarter, they lost to Detroit last year.