SACRAMENTO -- The Kings in the finale of a five-game home stand on Monday took care of business in a 101-92 win over the Jazz.
The Kings (11-10) for the second time this season found a way to win without DeMarcus Cousins, sending the Jazz (5-16) to their ninth straight defeat.
The Kings went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter which included five points apiece from Nik Stauskas and Derrick Williams to give Sacramento its largest lead of the night up until that point at 80-70 with 8:19 to play in the game.
However, Utah responded scoring seven straight points capped by two Derrick Favors free throws to cut the deficit to three at 80-77 with 6:46 remaining.
Sacramento bounced back matching its largest lead of the night at 10 on a Stauskas old-fashioned 3-point play 89-79 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter.
The Kings shot 10-for-11 from the free throw line over the remainder of the game to finish off Utah.
The Jazz were propelled to a 31-23 first quarter lead by outscoring the Kings in fast break points 12-0 and by 12 points from Gordon Hayward.
Sacramento responded with a 19-10 run to start the second quarter eventually taking the lead 42-41 on two Gay free throws at the 4:54 mark and maintained the lead to the tune of 55-49 at the half.
The Kings were lead by Gay’s 13 points, Collison’s 10 and Stauskas delivering seven points off the bench in the first half. In addition, the Kings held Utah to just 18 points in the second quarter.
A sluggish third quarter ensued as the Jazz, led by nine points from Rudy Gobert in the period, outscored the Kings 19-16 to tie the game at 68 entering the fourth quarter.
Gay led Sacramento with 29 points while Collison scored 16 points and the Kings received a career-high 15 points from Stauskas.
Utah was led by Hayward’s 19 points and Alec Burks, who was a surprise starter after being questionable due to a shoulder injury, chipped in with 16 points.
Rudy Gay was stellar yet again for the Kings in Cousins’ absence scoring 29 points leading Sacramento to victory.
The Kings started the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run that resulted in Sacramento’s first 10-point lead of the night creating separation from Utah.
Kings – C DeMarcus Cousins (viral infection) was out.
Jazz – G Alec Burks (left shoulder inflammation) started and played.
The Kings are in Los Angeles Tuesday night to face the Lakers before returning home for another five-game home stand beginning with the Rockets on Thursday and the Pistons on Saturday.