Utah Jazz: Cousins ejected as Utah lead Sacramento Kings at the half, 44-43

By Rachel Bascom

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 4 2013 8:25 p.m. MST

The Utah Jazz are up at halftime, 44-43, despite having their 10-point lead cut to just one before the half.

Demarcus Cousins was ejected from the game for his second technical foul, which he committed just after the end of the first half. Cousins, who had 10 points in the first half, will be sorely missed by the Kings.

The Jazz started the game sluggishly, letting Sacramento build an early 8-point lead.

However, the Utah bench players pulled the team back into it, accumulating in an Alec Burks buzzer-beater to end the first quarter.

The Jazz went on to dominate the second quarter right up until, with two minutes remaining, the Kings went on a 9-0 run to almost level the scores.

Former BYU Cougar Jimmer Fredette has struggled so far, making just two points from the free-throw line.

Al Jefferson is the top scorer for the Jazz, with 10 points.

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