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Utah at Sacramento

Evans, Kings stun Jazz to snap five-game losing streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal and feuding starting center Spencer Hawes put on a little scripted celebration together before the tip, and the fun continued after the game started.

Beno Udrih scored a season-high 25 points, Tyreke Evans had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings snapped a five-game losing streak with a 103-99 victory Friday night over the Utah Jazz.

If there were some internal problems plaguing the Kings, for one night at least they were forgotten. Hawes was back in the starting lineup after watching Tuesday's game in street clothes for disciplinary reasons, according to Westphal. Hawes had been critical in a story in Tuesday's Sacramento Bee regarding Westphal's allotment of playing time.

In an attempt to diffuse the situation, Westphal followed Hawes out on the court for pregame introductions and was extremely animated, chest-bumping and exchanging both high-and-low fives with Hawes.

"If you want to see that again you'll probably have to go back to YouTube. I doubt I'll pull that one out for a long time," Westphal said. "It's been three days of reading about the coach and player hating each other and that was never really it. It [the routine with Hawes] was just kind of fun."

Hawes and Westphal had talked after practice Thursday for 20-30 minutes and settled their differences.

"We're moving on, what happened is now water under the bridge," said Hawes, who played well from the start, finishing with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes.

What also happened was a team that had been playing unenthusiastically at times over the past month played with energy throughout. Sacramento survived a back-and-forth final quarter that featured five ties and two lead chances to win for only the fifth time in its last 28 games and snap Utah's seven-game road winning streak.

Carl Landry also scored 15 points for Sacramento. The Kings shot 54 percent and made 12-of-17 shots in the fourth quarter.

Carlos Boozer had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Jazz, who had won 18 of their previous 21 games. Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points, and Deron Williams added 10 points and 13 assists for Utah, which shot 41 percent and scored only two points in the game's final two minutes.

"Well, you have to make shots and we didn't shoot the ball very well," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "They made it tough on us, kept us on the perimeter and we seemed to enjoy it out there."

Udrih made a rare start and proved he belonged on the floor right away, getting 10 points in the opening quarter. He was even better in the fourth, making all five shots and scoring 11 points.

"They [Evans and Udrih] both played well together," Williams said. "Any time Beno comes out and gets 25 points, it's tough to beat them. And Evans makes me look small and he's able to do so much around the lane. He's a tough matchup for any point guard."

After Landry made two free throws to give the Kings the lead for good at 99-97 with 1:53 remaining. Evans followed with a free throw and perhaps the biggest basket of the game. He took Williams in the lane and made a short jumper to put Sacramento in front 102-97 with 14 seconds left.

"That's going to be a nice matchup for the next decade or so in the Western Conference," said Hawes of the Willams-Evans duel.

Despite Boozer's 11 points, the Jazz couldn't pull away from the Kings in the third quarter. Andres Nocioni scored six points off the bench and reserve Sean May had five, helping the Kings stay even at 75-all heading into the fourth.

Kirilenko scored 12 points and Boozer had nine in the opening half for Utah, which used a late second-quarter run to assume a 50-49 lead. Both Evans and Udrih had 10 points for the Kings.

Notes

  • Kings starting forward Jason Thompson injured his lower back in Tuesday's loss to Detroit and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
  • Wes Matthews, a rookie from Marquette, played with both the Kings and Utah in the summer league. He eventually signed with the Jazz as a free agent and has started 24 games.
  • The Kings opened the season winning 10 of 13 at home, but now own a 14-14 record.
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Tyreke Evans isn't an ordinary rookie, getting 24 points, eight boards and seven assists.  (Getty Images)
Tyreke Evans isn't an ordinary rookie, getting 24 points, eight boards and seven assists. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Utah (37-21) 2030252499
Sacramento (19-39) «25242628103
UTA:C. Boozer 26 Pts
UTA:M. Okur 11 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 13 Ast
SAC:B. Udrih 25 Pts
SAC:S. Hawes 12 Reb
SAC:T. Evans 7 Ast
Players of the Game
SacramentoUtah

T. Evans

C. Boozer
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
248726106
Utah
C. Boozer, PF379-138-10106526
D. Williams, PG374-162-2313410
A. Kirilenko, SF324-106-661016
M. Okur, C284-111-311139
W. Matthews, SG265-120-021212
P. Millsap, PF251-91-210243
K. Korver, SG201-30-03202
C. Miles, SF185-60-020111
R. Price, PG112-64-40308
K. Fesenko, C61-20-11012
S. Gaines, PGDid Not Play
K. Koufos, CDid Not Play
Totals 36-8822-2848292099
 40.9%78.6% 
Sacramento
B. Udrih, PG4211-163-514325
C. Landry, PF405-105-641215
T. Evans, PG389-176-1187124
S. Hawes, C377-130-0125515
O. Casspi, SF181-30-03132
F. Garcia, SG193-61-21307
I. Udoka, SG151-40-22212
A. Nocioni, SF132-40-01106
J. Dorsey, PF110-10-04030
S. May, PF83-31-21027
J. Brockman, PFDid Not Play
D. McGuire, PFDid Not Play
D. Greene, SFDid Not Play
J. Thompson, PFDid Not Play
Totals 42-7716-28372420103
 54.5%57.1% 
Other Games
NY 118 Final
Wash 116
Cle 126 Final
Tor 118
Dal 111 Final
Atl 103
Port 111 Final
Chi 115
Min 92 Final
OKC 109
Char 93 Final
Mem 89
SA 104 Final
Hou 109
Det 102 Final
Den 107
LAC 112 Final
Pho 125
Orl 93 Final
NO 100
Phi 90 Final
LAL 99