Utah handed its first home loss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have found a nice
second home in Utah.

The Kings shot nearly 60 percent in winning their seventh
straight regular-season game in Salt Lake City, ending Utah's
unbeaten start at home with a 118-110 victory over the Jazz on
Wednesday night.

Sacramento was just 1-4 on the road entering the game.

"I got scared actually," said Peja Stojakovic, who led the
Kings with 30 points. "In the last few games on the road, we've
been ahead ... but ended up getting cold in the fourth quarter and

Not this time.

The Kings shot 23-for-37 (62 percent) from the floor in the
first half and never trailed in winning for the fourth time in five
games. Sacramento cooled off slightly in the second half but still
shot 40-for-69 in the game and held off several late runs by the

"We've got a lot of guys who can fill it up on this team,"
said Sacramento's Brad Miller, who had 17 points, 13 rebounds and
eight assists.

Mike Bibby finished with 18 points, Anthony Peeler scored 15 off
the bench and Vlade Divac added 12 points for Sacramento, which
knocked Utah out in the first round of the playoffs the last two

Carlos Arroyo had 25 points and eight assists and DeShawn
Stevenson scored 21 for the Jazz, who had all five starters score
in double figures for the second straight game but received hardly
any help from the bench. Jazz reserves combined for just 12 points.

"Every mistake we made, they capitalized," Stevenson said.
"They've got real good shooters. They just kept shooting and they
kept going in -- all of them. It was tough for us. We'd make a
bucket, then make a mistake and they'd capitalize with a 3."

Andrei Kirilenko had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Greg
Ostertag got his second straight double-double with 11 points and
10 rebounds. Matt Harping had 19 points and nine rebounds for the

Utah cut Sacramento's 15-point lead to one in the third quarter,
but Arroyo missed a free throw that would have converted a
three-point play and tied it at 72.

"You're not just going to hold them the whole time,"
Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "When a team gradually comes
back on the road, there is not much you can do. I was pleased with
the way we responded."

The Jazz got another chance late in the fourth when Sacramento's
Bobby Jackson drew two technicals and was ejected with 4:24 left.
Arroyo, who drew the initial foul, made a free throw, then
Kirilenko came in and made both shots on the technicals.

Arroyo made it a four-point swing with the second free throw to
make it 105-100, but that was as close as the Jazz got.

Bibby hit a jumper, then Miller -- courted by the Jazz last
summer -- hit a shot during a 6-0 Kings run that all but sealed it.

"They just picked us apart with what they wanted to do," Jazz
coach Jerry Sloan said. "We couldn't sustain anything. We looked
like we were intimidated."

Game notes
Utah was called for two defensive three-second violations
in the first quarter. ... Tony Massenburg, who played for Utah last
season, got a small ovation when he entered late in the first
quarter. He finished with four points and two rebounds. ... Jazz
forward Keon Clark will have surgery for a bone spur in his right
ankle Monday.


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