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Favors powers Jazz past depleted Kings, 106-99
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Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors, right, defends against Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson, left, as he makes a drive in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 28, 2014, 12:13 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Derrick Favors had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Marvin Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz past the depleted Sacramento Kings 106-99 on Monday night.

Enes Kanter added 16 points and Jeremy Evans had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz took advantage of injuries that have left Sacramento without frontcourt starters DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay for the past three games.

After the Jazz sent their starters to the bench with the game seemingly in hand, the Kings mounted an unlikely comeback that fell just short. Sacramento trimmed a 20-point lead to five in the final minute but came up empty on three of its final four possessions.

Jason Thompson scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their fourth consecutive game. Derrick Williams had 17 points and 15 boards.

The Jazz set an NBA season high with 53 free throw attempts, topping the previous mark of 52 set by Houston against the Lakers on Nov. 7 and the Los Angeles Clippers against Brooklyn on Dec. 12. Utah went 12 for 25 at the line in the fourth quarter, allowing the Kings to make things interesting.

Sacramento, whistled for 36 fouls, began hacking Utah's surprised reserves midway through the fourth quarter.

The Jazz took control of the game in the third with a 17-7 run that was capped by seven straight points from Marvin Williams. His free throws gave Utah an 81-67 lead with 1:36 left in the period.

The Jazz stretched the lead to as many as 20 as both teams played their backups in the fourth quarter. The Kings started intentionally fouling Jazz big men Rudy Gobert and Evans, who were 7 of 16 from the line.

The scheme worked, and Ben McLemore's three-point play brought the Kings to 104-99 with 31 seconds to play. John Lucas III made one of two free throws and Diante Garrett split a pair of foul shots to finally put the Kings away.

The Kings played Sunday in Denver and have given up 116.5 points per game during their four-game skid but never gave up against the startled Jazz even when Sacramento looked weary.

Thompson, topping his previous season high of 15 points against Charlotte on Jan. 4, kept several plays alive with his tenacity as the Kings struggled to find options on offense. Sacramento outscored the Jazz 52-38 in the paint despite the absence of Cousins and Gay.

Cousins missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle and Gay warmed up his strained left Achilles but felt he couldn't go and was scratched from the lineup just before the opening tip.

Cousins and Gay both were injured in a 119-98 loss at Houston last Wednesday.

After back-to-back blowout losses to Minnesota, the Jazz bounced back to win their second straight at home but almost let this one get away. Gordon Hayward had 12 points and Alec Burks chipped in 10 for Utah, which shot 40 percent from the field.

Isaiah Thomas had been averaging 27.6 points over the past five games but mustered just 10 on 4-of-13 shooting.

NOTES: The Kings were given a delay of game warning for not getting to center court for the opening tip in time. . McLemore poked Evans in the eye as he drove to the hoop. Evans missed both free throws while squinting at the basket. . Kings G Jimmer Fredette, who played at nearby BYU, received loud cheers when he scored and boos when he brought the ball up the court. He finished with eight points.

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