Cousins, Thomas, help Kings down Jazz in OT

Updated: December 8, 2013

Salt Lake City, UT ( – DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points and
Isaiah Thomas added 26 off the bench as the Sacramento Kings topped the Utah
Jazz, 112-102, in overtime.

Cousins shot 10-of-15 from the floor and filled the stat sheet with seven
rebounds and three blocks as the Kings snapped a six-game losing streak.
Thomas also handed out a game-high eight assists in the triumph.

Ben McLemore, not to be out-done by fellow rookie Trey Burke, scored 15 points
for the Kings and drained a 3 in the final seconds of regulation to force the
extra session after Burke made a pair of free throws.

Burke turned in one of the best games of his young career for Utah, tallying
19 points, 10 rebounds and seven helpers in the setback. Gordon Hayward paced
the Jazz with 22 points and Alec Burks netted 19 off the bench.

Utah was without starting big man and leading rebounder Derrick Favors, who
missed the contest with a sore lower back.

The Kings began to pull away early in the fourth after a back-and-forth third
period that featured six ties and five lead changes. Patrick Patterson’s
jumper 4 1/2 minutes into the fourth put Sacramento in front 84-75, but it was
all Utah after that until the final seconds.

The Jazz scored 16 straight points over the next 4:46 to assume control.
Burke’s 3 tied it at 84-84, and Hayward’s jumper put the hosts on top. Hayward
added another basket and a free throw around an Enes Kanter jumper before
Cousins finally ended the Sacramento drought with a difficult layup in

Burke’s free throws made it 97-94 with 11.9 ticks, but McLemore silenced the
crowd by draining a 3 from the wing with 3.2 seconds left to force overtime.

Cousins and Thomas each made two baskets in the extra session and the Kings
forced Utah into shooting just 1-of-9 from the floor. McLemore’s jumper made
it 108-102 with 1:20 left, and Thomas stripped Burke on the next possession
before coasting in for a layup to put the game away.

Earlier, Utah took its biggest lead of the contest at 43-33 on a Mike Harris
hook shot midway through the second. McLemore split a pair from the line to
cap a Sacramento run to end the half with the visitors down just 50-47.

Game Notes

This was Burke’s first career double-double … Kanter had a season-high four
blocked shots … Jeremy Evans grabbed a season-high nine rebounds for Utah
… Sacramento outscored the Jazz 58-40 in the paint.