DeMarcus Cousins put up 28 points and registered 7 rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and added 26 points and 8 assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a victory over the Utah Jazz, 112-102. The Kings picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 26 assists and turning it over only 10 times. Sacramento (5-13) has won just three of their last 10 games.
Cousins finished 10-15 from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other top contributors for Sacramento included Ben McLemore with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Jason Thompson with 11 points and 5 rebounds. On 6-17 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-10 from the free throw line, Gordon Hayward put up 22 points for Utah in the loss. Alec Burks contributed 19 points and 5 assists, Richard Jefferson finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Enes Kanter put up 12 points and 7 rebounds.
After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.60, the Kings are 2-3 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Jazz are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
Utah (4-18) has now dropped their last three straight games.
Coming up next, the Kings square off against the Dallas Mavericks, who are 12-8 on the year. The Jazz go up against the Portland Trail Blazers, currently 17-3 this season. The Jazz are 0-1 versus Portland this season.