Carlos Boozer made his first 13 shots and finished with 33 points to lead the Utah Jazz over the Sacramento Kings 127-113 on Friday night.
Boozer shot 15-for-19 and had 10 rebounds and Andrei Kirilenko added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists. Deron Williams had 16 points and 14 assists for Utah, which improved to 2-1 against Sacramento and for the first time since 2000 won't lose the season series with the Kings.
Kevin Martin scored 32 points, making all 15 of his free throws, and Ron Artest had 15 points and eight rebounds before getting ejected with two technical fouls in the fourth quarter.
Boozer was 13-for-13 before missing a putback just before the end of the third quarter. He mixed some mid-range jumpers with dunks and layups as the Jazz outscored the Kings 54-34 in the paint.
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.
But he did start to show some frustration early in the fourth quarter as the Kings fell apart.
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.
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. Sacramento coach Reggie 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.
Notes: Jazz 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 and he added four blocks. ... Francisco Garcia scored 13 of Sacramento's 26 bench points.