SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz improved its win streak to seven games in a 119-98 pummeling of the Sacremento Kings in Vivint Arena. The Jazz got off to a hot start and never let up. Here are four takeaways from Friday night's win:
• The Jazz bench unleashed one of its best performances of the year. Grayson Allen came into the game partway through the first quarter and dominated, scoring 19 points in the first half. He ended with 23 points, a steal and a block. The depth of the team was on display as the players meshed well together and filled any spaces left vacant by injured players.
• Defense was a major factor of the Jazz's win, and Rudy Gobert strengthened his case for Defensive Player of the Year. Gobert finished the game with four blocks to accompany his 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Jazz held the Kings to just 41 percent shooting from the floor and allowed only 5 fast break points.
• The Jazz entered the game with four inactive players due to injuries and a few others playing under the day-to-day status. The team played well in spite of these injuries, taking good shots and spreading the ball effectively.2 comments on this story
• The Jazz have won 11 of their last 12 games and climb to 49-30. They remain in fifth place in the Western Conference and may not move from that spot with only three games left in the regular season. The team they will face in the first round of the playoffs, however, is still to be decided. Houston and Denver are both possibilities, but Portland is the most likely opponent. The conundrum the Jazz now face is whether to fight for home court advantage or to rest their already banged up team.
— Sunday, April 4, at Los Angeles Lakers (35-44), 7:30 p.m.
— Tuesday, April 9, vs. Denver (52-26), 7 p.m.
— Wednesday, April 10, at Los Angeles Clippers (47-32), 8:30 p.m.