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January 28, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Jazz

Jazz 78, Kings 67

SALT LAKE CITY - This game was tied at 56 before the Jazz used a 9-0 run to pull away. Earl Watson's three pointer at the buzzer gave Utah its biggest lead of the night.

Four of five Kings starters have scored I double figures but the Kings have zero bench pints. Meanwhile the Jazz have gotten 18 points off the bench from C.J. Miles.

Utah has 31 bench points.

Tyreke Evans leads the Kings with a game-high 22 points and eight assists. Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 20 points.

Jazz 49, Kings 47

SALT LAKE CITY - If not for their own mistakes the Kings might be ahead.

The Kings committed seven turnovers in the second quarter. That prevented Kings from taking advantage of their better-than-normal shooting (47.5 percent) and the 10 turnovers committed by Utah.

The Jazz shot 43.6 percent in the half, a figure the Kings would also be happy with.

The Kings did well to close the game in the quarter after falling behind by nine.

Tyreke Evans has 16 points and six assists to lead the Kings. Jason Thompson (12 points) limped off the court but is back on the floor to start the third quarter.

Jimmer Fredette settled down as the game progressed. He scored seven of his 10 points in the second quarter.

Gordon Hayward leads Utah with 12 points. Paul Millsap has six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Jazz 27, Kings 26

SALT LAKE CITY - Progress has been made through 12 minutes of play. After allowing 92 points in the paint Wednesday against Denver, the Kings have only given up 10 pints in the paint.

The Jazz, however, made 3-of-6 three pointers to gain the advantage.

Jimmer Fredette received a standing ovation from many in the stands in his first game in Utah as a pro since leaving BYU.

During the game he's been booed a lot, too. Apparently there are a lot of University of Utah fans here, which happens to be BYU's in-state rival.

Jason Thompson leads the Kings with 10 points. Tyreke Evans has eight pints and five assists.

Gordon Hayward leads Utah with eight points.

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