Two teams faced off Wednesday night in Utah, both of which were playing the second night of back-to-back. It was a war of attrition and somehow the Sacramento Kings found a way to ignore the fatigue factor, squeaking out a huge win over the Jazz by a final of 94-93.
Ty Lawson came off the bench to give the Kings a huge lift, scoring 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting. The pint-sized point guard hit the glass for five rebounds and kept Sacramento in the game.
After dropping in 55 points and 13 rebounds against the Trail Blazers Tuesday night, DeMarcus Cousins struggled with his shot in Utah. The Kings’ All-Star big shot just 5-for-18 from the field, finishing the night with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Garrett Temple dropped with 11 points and played solid defense. Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes and Darren Collison each dropped in eight as the Kings improved to 12-17 on the season.
With Rudy Gay missing his fifth straight game with a hip flexor strain, Utah’s Gordon Hayward took full advantage. The 26-year-old wing dropped in 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting and added nine rebounds.
Rudy Gobert played well in his matchup against DeMarcus Cousins, scoring 17 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking three shots.
Joe Ingles started at the shooting guard spot for the injured Rodney Hood and gave coach Quin Snyder good minutes. Ingles finished the night with 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting from long range.
Shelvin Mack chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Hayward torched the Kings all game long, knocking down shots from all over the floor, but this was Ty Lawson’s game. The smallest man on the court played like he was 10-feet tall.
Sacramento trailed by as many as 20, but they made a fourth quarter run and some how found a way to grind out a monster win on the road.
Rudy Gay missed his fifth straight game with a right hip flexor strain and Omri Casspi sat for the fourth game due to illness.
Following the game in Utah, the Sacramento Kings board a flight for Minnesota where they face the Timberwolves on Friday night before taking the holiday weekend off.