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Cousins leads Kings past Jazz 112-102 in OT

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Jeremy Evans, Jason Thompson

Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans (40) defends as Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson (34) shoots the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

SALT LAKE CITY — DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 26 points after halftime to help the Sacramento Kings snap a six-game skid with a 112-102 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Trey Burke gave the Jazz their final lead at 102-101 with a 3-pointer, but the Kings scored the final 11 points of overtime. Burke finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Thomas clinched it when he stole the ball from Alec Burks and got a return pass from Cousins for a layup to give the a 110-102 lead with 57 seconds left.

Kings guard Ben McLemore made a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 97-97.

Gordon Hayward had 22 points for Utah, but didn’t score in overtime. The Jazz were missing injured starters Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams.

Thomas made two free throws to cut the Jazz lead to 93-92 with 37.9 seconds remaining. Burke and Burks each converted two free throws apiece in the final 18.2 seconds around Cousin’s inside shot before McLemore hit his big 3.

Burke’s runner at the regulation buzzer bounced off the back of the iron.

Burke scored five points to spark a 16-0 Jazz run in the fourth quarter that erased Sacramento’s nine-point lead. Hayward capped the run with back-to-back jumpers and a free throw to make it 91-84 with 2:59 to play.

Thomas helped the Kings move in front by scoring nine points in the final 3:08 of the third quarter. His third teardrop runner of the surge gave the Kings a 74-70 lead headed into the fourth.

Thomas made another driving bucket and added two free throws and an assist to Patrick Patterson to extend the Kings’ advantage to 84-75 with 7:28 remaining in regulation.

The Jazz and the Kings entered the game tied for the fewest wins (4) in the NBA with Milwaukee).

Jefferson, who finished with 13 points, made three 3-pointers in the first half and the Jazz led by as many 10 points.

After the Jazz won three of four, they dropped a close contest to Indiana, but then were blown out by Portland, 130-98, on the road and have now lost three straight.

Meanwhile, the Kings looked like they might end their skid Friday against the Lakers but blew a late lead and lost 106-100.

Four of the defeats in the Kings six-game skid were by a combined 11 points and they looked ready to turn a corner. McLemore followed his career-high 20 points in Los Angeles with 15 points and nine rebounds against the Jazz.

Cousins overcame early foul trouble and was extremely efficient in his 28 minutes of play. The center was 10 of 15 from the field and was the focal point of the Sacramento offense in overtime.

Favors, a potential foil for Cousins who had started all 21 games this season for the Jazz, sat out with a sore lower back.

NOTES: Cousins committed two fouls in the first minute of the game and Utah’s Mike Harris had five fouls before halftime. Harris and Jeremy Evans both fouled out in regulation and Enes Kanter fouled out in overtime. . In the first quarter, the Kings twice intentionally fouled Andris Biedrins, a career 50 percent free throw shooter. Biedrins made 1 of 6 from the line. . Cousins lost his trademark headband late in the fourth quarter on a hard foul by Kanter.

Maureen Fissolo

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