Utah Jazz basketball: Jazz fall to Sacramento Kings on the road Saturday, 108-97
It got so bad for the Jazz in that pivotal moment that Foye missed three free throws after being fouled while shooting out deep on a night when he'd previously made four 3-pointers.
"When they made a little run, we kind of just got sidetracked," Jefferson said. "We didn't stick with what we were dong earlier."
Grueling and gut-wrenching have become the norm for these two old rivals. The teams split four games decided by a combined 12 points last season, and the three contests coming into Saturday's game had been decided by four points.
"It's always a tough game — either on our floor or their home floor," Corbin said. "They just seem to match up with us well."
Utah played without starting point guard Mo Williams, who suffered a moderate sprain in his right foot Friday. Tinsley filled in for Williams in the starting role, finishing with a season-high four 3-pointers, seven assists and three turnovers.
The Jazz can thank the hot hand of Foye for helping them turn an 8-0 deficit into a 29-21 first-quarter lead. The starting shooting guard, Utah's best outside shooter, went 4 for 5 from beyond the arc in the first quarter.
Overall, the Jazz came out cold yet again, struggling against the physical and athletic Kings. Despite taking a 56-51 lead into the locker room at halftime, Utah only shot 40.5 percent in the opening half compared to 53.8-percent shooting for the Kings.
A night after scoring 10 points and hitting three 3-pointers in 19 minutes, former BYU star Jimmer Fredette saw limited action in this showdown.
Fredette, who only averages nine minutes a night in his second season, only saw five minutes Saturday. He hit his only field goal — a familiar-looking floater in the lane — and drained two late free throws for four points. He also dished out one assist and made one turnover.
NOTES: The Jazz return home for a game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night before hitting the road for a three-game trip in New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Houston. Utah and Sacramento play again on Feb. 4 at ESA. Tinsley went 4 for 6 from 3-point land Saturday after beginning the season 1 for 14 from beyond the arc.
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