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Cousins tossed as Foye, Millsap lift Jazz over Kings in OT, 98-91

DeMarcus Cousins

Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins (15) disputes a call with an official in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Randy Foye had 20 points, including six in overtime, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Sacramento Kings 98-91 on Monday night.

Paul Millsap added 14, with a key block, step-back jumper and rebound in the extra session for the Jazz, who used an 8-0 fourth-quarter run to take the lead with 2:40 left in regulation.

Utah had a chance to win it in regulation, but big man Al Jefferson shot an air ball 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Jason Thompson led the Kings with a season-high 23 points, and Tyreke Evans added 20 but had a key turnover in overtime.

Sacramento played the second half without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins, who was ejected for arguing with officials at midcourt during the halftime break.

Cousins started 4 of 4 and finished 5 of 8 with 10 points and six rebounds.

Alec Burks had a season-high 14 points for Utah, including a 19-foot shot on the run that gave Utah a 90-87 lead in overtime.

The Jazz won despite being without point guards Mo Williams and Earl Watson and third-leading scorer Gordon Hayward.

Burks had to step up and he did, making 5 of 7 shots, with four assists, three rebounds and a nasty block.

Utah won despite committing a season-high 22 turnovers that led to 24 Sacramento points.

The Jazz shot 52.8 percent while the Kings made just 35 of 87 shots (41.2 percent), including 3 of 20 from 3-point range.

Jimmer Fredette, who played college ball at Brigham Young down the road, went 0 for 5, including 0 for 3 beyond the arc and finished with 2 points and three turnovers.

He endured a loud mix of boos and cheers every time he entered but played just 13 minutes.

At least he was around to see the ending.

This was the second time this season against the Jazz that Cousins has been ejected.

The first time, the Kings won 108-97 on Nov. 24.

On Monday, the Kings were down 44-43 at the break but outscored Utah 19-11 to open the third, going up by seven on Thompson’s 3-pointer with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.

Utah fought back, with Burks hitting a 3-pointer and DeMarre Carroll following with back-to-back scores.

Burks then blocked Thompson’s shot in the lane to end the quarter, keeping the Jazz within 66-62.

The Kings led 82-75 lead with 4:26 remaining.

Utah went on an 8-0 run, Foye hitting a 3, Marvin Williams a pair of free throws then another 3 with 2:40 remaining to give Utah an 83-82 lead.

It was tied at 84 on a pair of free throws by Evans but he couldn’t get his 3-foot runner to fall with 16 seconds left.

Jefferson ended up with the ball on the final possession after 3-point sharpshooter Foye was double-teamed.

Foye responded with a jumper to open overtime then four free throws to seal it.

Notes: Jazz PG Mo Williams remains out at least another two weeks following thumb surgery but had a better excuse to miss practice Monday. He and his wife were celebrating the birth of fifth son Maxwell, who arrived Friday at 7 pounds. . Watson missed his second straight game with a right leg bone bruise. . . . Jazz G/F Hayward’s has now missed five games with a sprained right shoulder. . Kings G Fredette was surprised by his wife, who flew to Salt Lake City to meet him for Super Bowl Sunday then attend Monday’s game. . . . A day after the Super Bowl power outage, the lights at EnergySolutions Arena had to be re-set at the start of the game. . . . Cousins started 4 of 4 for the Kings but missed three of his next four and was called for his first technical foul with 2:23 left in the second.

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