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Kings again have no answer for Utah rookie Hood, lose 103-91

Sacramento Kings center Reggie Evans, right, and Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) battle under the boards during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Sacramento Kings center Reggie Evans, right, and Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) battle under the boards during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Sacramento

Player of the game: For the second time in three games, the Kings could not contain rookie Rodney Hood, who scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Jazz to a victory. He also had eight rebounds, a season high, and four assists. Hood had a season-high 25 points in Sunday’s win over Sacramento.

Turning point: With the score 78-78 with 9:55 to play, Utah went on a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach against the short-handed Kings.

Key stat: As it did Sunday, the Jazz, which usually struggles to score, surpassed 100 points against the Kings. Utah also shot 41.9 percent (13 for 31) from three-point range.

X-factor: Trevor Booker did a little of everything off the Utah bench, supplying six points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Records: Kings 27-51; Jazz 36-42

Injury update: The Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins (sore right foot), Rudy Gay (concussion) and Nik Stauskus (mid-back sprain) missed the game. Cousins has missed two games because of the injury.

Up next: At Oklahoma City, Friday, 5 p.m., CSNCA

Jason Jones

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