Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Monday, November 12th
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Jazz117
Game 2: Tuesday, December 4th
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Kings117
Game 3: Friday, January 25th
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Jazz127
Game 4: Friday, February 8th
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Kings 113

(18-24, 6-15 away)

Jazz 127

(25-18, 18-3 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, January 25, 2008

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 23 29 35 26113
    UTAH 26 32 37 32127

    Top Performers

    Sac: K. Martin 32 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast

    UTAH: C. Boozer 33 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Boozer sinks first 13 shots as Jazz romp past Kings

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Carlos Boozer banged inside for his usual dunks and layups and even stepped outside for a few long jumpers.

    It didn't matter where he was. Almost everything Boozer put up went through the hoop as he led the Utah Jazz to a 127-113 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

    "I tried to get layups first," said Boozer, who made his first 13 shots and finished with 33 points. "The net seemed huge to me, so when you go out there shooting jump shots you feel comfortable already."

    Boozer finished 15-for-19. He was perfect until the last second of the third quarter and his shooting overshadowed a pretty good night by teammates Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams.

    Kirilenko had 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocks and Williams had 16 points and 14 assists for the Jazz, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

    "We didn't do anything special. We just shoot in like different kinds of sets," said Kirilenko, who was 6-for-8.

    In addition to Utah's eighth straight win at home, Jazz fans got a bonus when Sacramento's Ron Artest was kicked out with two technical fouls in the fourth quarter. Fans booed Artest most of the night and cheered loudly when he was finally ejected.

    As the Jazz fans cheered, each of the Kings slapped Artest's hand on his way to the locker room.

    "Ron was out there fighting for everybody," Mike Bibby said. "He was being physical back and they made him pay for it."

    The Jazz haven't won -- or even tied -- a season series against Sacramento since 2000. Friday's win gave Utah a 2-1 edge with one game remaining, so the worst the Jazz can do is tie.

    Kevin Martin scored 32 points, making all 15 of his free throws, and Artest had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Kings.

    Artest missed the first meeting of the season with Utah because of a league suspension he was serving in November. Utah fans made up for the lost chance at booing Artest, who seemed to relish the negative attention as much as the fans enjoyed giving it.

    But he did start to show some frustration early in the fourth quarter and the Kings fell apart from there.

    Matt Harpring tied up Artest under the basket and Artest flailed his arms wildly to get free. It happened again less than a minute later near the top of the key, and this time after breaking free of the armlock, Artest tried to get in Harpring's face.

    Harpring looked away and the officials got in between before anything could happen. Harpring was called for a foul and Artest got a technical after the officials called both coaches to midcourt for a conference.

    "If he wants to play that way, he's just going to ruin his game. That's what he did," Harpring said. "If he tried to bully me or scare me, it's not going to happen."

    The Kings never recovered after the technicals.

    "As much as I dislike it from this end, I appreciate that Harpring goes out there and gives up a couple of hard fouls," Sacramento coach Reggie Theus said. "That's the way the game should be played."

    Kyle Korver made the technical free throw to give Utah a 106-93 lead. Later in the fourth, Harpring was called for an offensive foul and this time Martin started to go after him. Theus was called for a technical on that play and Korver hit the free throw again.

    Artest was close to getting another technical several times down the stretch, then got kicked out for a one-handed push toward Boozer with 4:34 remaining.

    Game notes


    The Jazz outscored the Kings 54-34 in the paint. ... Utah sent rookie Morris Almond back to the D-League earlier Friday. ... Karl Malone holds the Jazz record for field goals without a miss, going 12-for-12 twice. ... Kirilenko's 25 points were a season high. ... Francisco Garcia scored 13 of Sacramento's 26 bench points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAC
    UTAH
    Points 113 127
    FGM-FGA 34-70 (.486) 45-78 (.577)
    3PM-3PA 9-21 (.429) 8-14 (.571)
    FTM-FTA 36-42 (.857) 29-38 (.763)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-16 6-15
    Assists 20 31
    Turnovers 14 9
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 16 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (4/0) 30 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 4 17

    Top Performers

    Sacramento
    Utah
    Kevin Martin Martin
    Points: 32
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 33
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0