May 8, 2021

Sports Legend

Jazz hits the Kings, marks the franchise mark

FILE – Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson celebrates a play during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 26, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett / Getty Images / AFP

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Jordan Clarkson added 23 to lead Utah Jazz to a 154-105 victory over host Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Georges Niang had 19 points, while Rudy Gobert added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Jazz. Eight players scored in double digits to help Utah (45-17) break a two-game losing streak and stay in first place in the Western Conference.

The Jazz set a franchise record for most points in a game. Utah has averaged 41.3 points per quarter over the past three quarters.

Richaun Holmes and Buddy Hield each scored 18 points to lead the Kings. Justin James added 16 points. Tyrese Haliburton had 13 points and eight assists. Sacramento (25-37) couldn’t keep pace after allowing the Jazz to shoot 64 percent from the field and make 24 of 41 (58.5 percent) from their 3 points.

Bogdanovic scored back-to-back layups to punctuate an 8-0 run and give Utah a 26-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. He had an efficient opening quarterback, scoring 12 points to go with a block and a steal.

Sacramento reduced the deficit to one point to 26-25 on back-to-back baskets from Hield and Terence Davis. Then, the Jazz opened the game to start the second quarter.

Utah scored 13 unanswered points and pulled off a 31-6 overall run to build a double-digit lead. Niang and Royce O’Neale finished the run combining for baskets on three straight possessions that extended Jazz’s lead to 61-33 at the end of the second quarter.

Utah eventually racked up a 76-44 halftime lead. The Jazz scored 46 points in the second quarter while keeping the Kings at 17. The Jazz shot 61.9 percent from the field in the first half – which included 10 of 19 on 3 points.

The Jazz played without their usual starting backcourt of Mike Conley (hamstrings) and Donovan Mitchell (ankle).

Harrison Barnes (groin) was absent for Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox also missed his third straight game for the Kings due to NBA health and safety protocols.

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