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March 5, 2011
In-game blog (Kings at Jazz)

By Jason Jones

Jazz 109, Kings 102 (overtime)

SALT LAKE CITY - The Kings couldn't hold on to a fourth-quarter lead and fell in overtime at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Kings opened the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to take an 83-74 lead with 8:36 to play.

The Jazz came with a 12-1 run to take the lead, 86-84 on a basket by Al Jefferson with 4:05 to play.

Marcus Thornton tied the game with a three with 14.1 seconds to play to force overtime.

But Al Jefferson was too much in the post for the Kings. He led all scorers with 27 points as all five Utah starters scored at least 12 points.

Thornton led the Kings with 22 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points, a season-best 18 rebounds and matched his season high with seven assists. Francisco Garcia also had 18 points.

Kings 72, Jazz 72

SALT LAKE CITY - The Kings came out and held Utah to 15 points in the third quarter to get back in the game. Beno Udrih had a solid third and now has 12 points, joining Marcus Thornton (12 points), DeMarucs Cousins (14 points) and Francisco Garcia (15 points) in double figures. Garcia hasn't missed a shot tonight (4 of 4, made both free throws, too).

*The Jazz will be without Paul Millsap the rest of the game because of left knee patella inflammation. Millsap left the game with 6:09 left in the third. Millsap has 12 points and team highs of seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Al Jefferson (15 points) will have to carry the load p front for Utah now.

*The Kings doing a much better job of not fouling. After committing nine fouls that led to 16 free throws in the first quarter for Utah, the Kings have six foul since. Utah has taken only four free throws over the last two quarters. That's helped the Kings tie the game.

Jazz 57, Kings 49

SALT LAKE CITY - Odds are the Kings won't win this game shooting 40.9, which what they are shooting in the first half. Not when Utah is shooting 48.9 percent and trying to end a seven-game home losing streak. There have been more than few misses in which the Kings players have looked for fouls or coach Paul Westphal has asked for a call. Not likely to get the benefit of the doubt here.

*Francisco Garcia has 12 points in his return ot the lineup. He hasn't missed a shot. DeMarcus Cousins has 10 points and 10 rebounds while Marcus Thornton has 10 points. Paul Millsap leads Utha with 12 points. Andrei Kirilenko and C.J. Miles each have 10 points for the Jazz.

*The Kings have nine turnovers, way too many for one half of basketball. They've only led to six points for Utah, but the kings have to limit the mistakes to stay in the game. That said, the Kings are only eight so maybe I'm just nitpicking.

Jazz 30, Kings 29

SALT LAKE CITY - Marcus Thornton is showing no signs of slowing down while Francisco Garcia is showing no signs of having been out since Jan. 15. Thornton leads the kings with seven points. Garcia has six points off the bench. He'd missed the previous 21 games with a strained left calf. DeMarcus Cousins also has six points and five rebounds for the Kings.

*Omri Casspi (strained back) is out tonight. Donte Greene started for Casspi. Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins also started tonight. Thornton replaced Jermaine Taylor and Cousins replaced Jason Thompson.

*Thornton had to play point guard because Beno Udrih picked up two fouls in six minutes.

*Paul Millsap leads the Jazz with 10 points and four rebounds. The game I s close because the Kings have three made three pointers to help offset the 16 free throws Utah has taken. It also helps that Utah made only 10 of their free throws (62.5 percent).

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