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.
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.
• 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)
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.
Utah: vs. Washington, Friday, 7 p.m. MDT.
Sacramento: at New Orleans, Friday, 6 p.m.