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Ty Lawson helps Kings erase 20-point deficit for 94-93 win over Jazz

Dave Joerger: 'Ty Lawson was terrific'

Kings coach Dave Joerger rode the bench, along with 55 points from DeMarcus Cousins, to Tuesday night’s win over Portland. And with the game about to get out of hand Wednesday, he went back to the second unit to save Sacramento.
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Kings coach Dave Joerger rode the bench, along with 55 points from DeMarcus Cousins, to Tuesday night’s win over Portland. And with the game about to get out of hand Wednesday, he went back to the second unit to save Sacramento.

Player of the game: Ty Lawson came off the bench to score 19 points and grab five rebounds as the Kings overcame a 20-point third-quarter deficit for a 94-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Sacramento has won three of four.

Turning point: Following his 55-point performance in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, DeMarcus Cousins made only 5 of 18 shots and had 21 points. He also missed two free throws in the final 25 seconds. But Cousins had the defensive play of the game, contesting Gordon Hayward’s tying layup attempt, forcing a miss and grabbing the rebound. Cousins then made two free throws to give the Kings a 94-90 lead with 3.2 seconds to play.

X-factor: Sacramento’s bench came up big in the comeback. Garrett Temple had 11 points, and Arron Afflalo added eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

Injuries: The Kings’ Rudy Gay (strained right hip flexor) and Omri Casspi (illness) were out.

Records: Kings 12-17; Jazz 18-12

The Sacramento Kings had Ty Lawson and their bench to give them their second straight win and third in the last four games.

DeMarcus Cousins said the Sacramento Kings win over the Utah Jazz was more about the bench.

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