Williams, Jazz steal win from KingsDec 3, 2008 - 7:00 AM By Tom Galland PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Deron Williams answered the call when it mattered most and rallied the Utah Jazz past the Sacramento Kings, 99-94, at Arco Arena on Tuesday night.
Williams, who scored 14 points, converted on a driving layup to put Utah in front with 65 seconds left, then added a 15-foot jumper for insurance to help send the Kings to their seventh straight loss.
Williams was playing in his fourth game since returning from an ankle injury and took just nine shots, making five but never looked in sync until the final minutes.
"I was just not there mentally," Williams said. "I am used to being able to get by people. I think that fourth quarter was great for my confidence. I just have to get back into my mode of being aggressive."
Kyle Korver finished with 15 points to lead the Jazz, converting 5-of-6 from the line in the final 11 seconds to seal the win.
"Guys stepped up at the end of the game," Korver said. "(We) got some stops and made some shots and were able to win the game."
Sacramento led by one after Beno Udrih drove through the lane for a layup that made it 90-89 with 1:24 left.
After Williams hit the layup to give the lead back to the Jazz, Sacramento's Quincy Douby airballed a 3-pointer, and Utah took over from that point.
Douby entered the game for the first time with four minutes remaining as Francisco Garcia was supposed to be limited to 30 minutes and had already played 31 in his third game back from a calf strain.
He had his calf wrapped in ice on the bench during the game's final minutes.
Douby converted a pair of from the line but missed badly on two 3-pointers down the stretch. But Sacramento coach Reggie Theus defended his decision to go with Douby, a second-year player who has yet to work his way into the rotation.
"I thought Bobby (Jackson) got tired," Theus explained. "He was guarding (Kyle) Korver and running around picks, he had missed a few shots. I really didn't know where else I could go - Donte (Greene) or (Douby).
"I was looking for someone who might knock down some shots and also I think defensively, (Douby) could defend Korver a lot better. He just didn't knock down shots."
The Jazz were without several key players, including forwards Carlos Boozer (quad), Matt Harpring (back) and Andrei Kirilenko (ankle), but others picked up the slack.
"Our bench played well," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "Ronnie Price, Morris Almond and Kyle Korver all gave us great minutes."
Almond scored 12 points and played the entire fourth, delivering seven points in the period. Former King Ronnie Price finished with eight points and four assists.
Sacramento played without its second-leading scorer as swingman John Salmons missed the game with a thigh injury.
Kevin Martin returned after missing 12 games for the Kings and finished with 22 points off the bench.
Spencer Hawes picked up a steal, then gave his best Magic Johnson impression by racing up the court and flipping a behind-the-back pass to the streaking Udrih for a layup that put the Kings up by eight with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third.
Utah finished the quarter on a 10-4 run to cut the deficit to two heading into the fourth.
"We thought we had a pretty good handle on the game," said Hawes, who started at power forward and scored 14 points. "When you can't make shots down the stretch, that's a quick recipe for disaster."
Utah clamped down defensively after Sacramento opened the game by making its first five shots, holding the Kings to 36 percent (15-of-42) shooting in the first half. That helped the Jazz overcome 18 turnovers to lead 39-38 at the break.
"We had a lot of turnovers," said Sloan, who saw his team turn the ball over 25 times. "They were a problem all game. In my estimation, that is a lack of preparation for the game. And it shows when you have those things happen."
SACRAMENTO 94 FINAL
Dec 3 12:32 AM
SACRAMENTO 66 END, 3RD QTR
Dec 2 11:53 PM
SACRAMENTO 38 HALFTIME
Dec 2 11:09 PM
SACRAMENTO 24 END, 1ST QTR
Dec 2 10:39 PM
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