Jazz 122, Kings 101

Rick Hurd, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Forward Richard Jefferson scored 20 points, and five Jazz players finished in double figures Wednesday in Utah's 122-101 rout of the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
The Jazz posted a season-high point total and led by as many as 28 points in the second half, their biggest advantage in any contest this season.
Jazz forward Derrick Favors, back after missing two games with a sore lower back, scored 17 points, as did guard Gordon Hayward and guard Alec Burks. Utah (5-19) shot 53.9 percent from the field.
The Kings, playing short-handed for the second straight contest, never led. Center DeMarcus Cousins, who played only seven minutes in the first half, scored 21 points, and point guard Isaiah Thomas had 20 to lead Sacramento (6-14).
The game was expected to mark the Sacramento debut of forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy and center Aaron Gray, all three of whom were acquired from the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. However, guard Greivis Vasquez, who along with forwards Patrick Patterson and John Salmons and center Chuck Hayes was dealt to the Raptors, did not arrive in Toronto until late Wednesday, delaying his physical and his debut.
None of the seven players involved in the trade can play until all pass a physical.
Without the newcomers, the Kings struggled to find points. Cousins picked up two fouls by the 4:44 mark of the opening quarter. He was mostly ineffective until the game was out of reach. He also picked up his NBA-leading sixth technical foul early in the third quarter.
Thomas, starting at point guard for the second straight game after playing the first 18 off the bench, had seven assists but also committed five turnovers.
The contest marked the first of a stretch in which the Jazz will play seven of eight on the road. The Kings concluded a stretch of playing six of seven and 14 of their first 20 at home. They will play five of their next six away from Sacramento.
NOTES: Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in North Carolina, but he was on the sideline after halftime. Lowe received a suspended 45-day jail sentence for not filing between 2009-11. He was placed on 36 months of suspended probation, and he must complete 100 hours of community service. Lowe also must pay a $79,000 in restitution and a $2,000 fine. ... F Marvin Williams (inflamed right foot) and F Derrick Favors (sore lower back) returned to the floor for Utah after missing the previous four and two games, respectively. ... Kings G Jimmer Fredette was once again the first man off the bench, replacing new starter Isaiah Thomas at the point. He and Ray McCallum are competing for the backup spot created with the trade of G Greivis Vasquez.

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