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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Paul Millsap, of Utah, and DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento fight for the ball as the Sacramento Kings face the Utah Jazz in NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Friday, March 30, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz shook off a slow start to grab a 59-56 halftime lead over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Al Jefferson had 14 first-half points and nine rebounds for Utah (27-24), which trailed 32-29 after the first quarter. Gordon Hayward added 13 points, Devin Harris had nine plus four assists and Alec Burks scored seven off the bench for the Jazz. Earl Watson contributed five points and six assists, and Derrick Favors contributed five points and eight rebounds in the first half for Utah, which held a 30-21 rebounding advantage.

For Sacramento (17-33), DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton scored 15 points apiece and Isiah Thomas added a dozen. Donte Green scored eight off the bench and former BYU star Jimmer Fredette finished the first half with two points on 1-of-4 shooting for the Kings.

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