Richard Jefferson scores 20, Jazz crush Kings

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The Utah Jazz took quality shots, finishing 48-89 (53.9%) from the field, including 13-23 (56.5%) from beyond the arc, to pummel the Sacramento Kings, 122-101. This snaps a four-game losing streak for Utah (5-19).

Richard Jefferson put up 20 points on 7-9 shooting, including 3-4 on 3-point attempts, in what was an efficient performance. Other key players for Utah included Derrick Favors with 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Trey Burke with 11 points and 9 assists. On 7-14 shooting from the field and 7-11 from the free throw line, DeMarcus Cousins put up 21 points for Sacramento in the loss. He also recorded 11 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points and 7 assists, Derrick Williams finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Jason Thompson put up 11 points and 6 rebounds.

The Jazz combined an eFG% of 61.2% with 56.5% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (4-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Kings, on the other hand, are winless (0-5) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

This drops Sacramento (6-14) to 1-1 against Utah on the year.

Coming up next, the Jazz square off with the Denver Nuggets, who are 13-8 on the year. The Kings go up against the Phoenix Suns, currently 12-9 this season. The Jazz are 0-1 versus Denver this season. The Kings have won their last two meetings with Phoenix.

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