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Rich Pedroncelli, AP
Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison, right, drives against Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO — The Utah Jazz pulled away in the fourth quarter after watching a once 24-point lead shrink to two, beating Sacramento 112-82 at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday night.

After shooting 57 percent in the first quarter, the Jazz watched a 24-point second-quarter lead be cut to two at 60-58 in the third period, following a three and a half minute scoreless stretch for Utah. The Jazz responded to the dry spell with a 10-2 spurt to end the third, though, and outscored the Kings 34-15 in the final period to close out the win.

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Utah shot 53.2 percent from the field and 14 of 19 in the fourth quarter to earn a much-needed victory, with seven games left in the regular season. Shelvin Mack came off the bench and put in 28 critical minutes, scoring 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, his first points since Feb. 9.


Numbers

• Utah held a distinct advantage from 3-point range, hitting 13 3-pointers to two for the Kings.

• The Jazz had 22 assists to 14 for Sacramento.

• Utah got out to an 11-0 start before Sacramento hit its first shot with 7:28 to play in the first quarter. The Jazz led by as many as 20 points in the first quarter.

Records: Utah (46-29); Sacramento (29-46)


Leaders

Utah: Gordon Hayward had a team-high 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Rodney Hood added 18 points and was 5 of 5 on 3-pointers. Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Sacramento: Ben McLemore had 17 points in the first half on his way to a 22-point, four-rebound night.


Up next

Utah: vs. Washington, Friday, 7 p.m. MDT.

Sacramento: at New Orleans, Friday, 6 p.m.