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Rudy Gay leads Kings past reeling Utah Jazz

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) attempts to steal the ball from Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) in the first half on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) attempts to steal the ball from Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) in the first half on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Rudy Gay scored a game-high 29 points as the Sacramento Kings handed the Utah Jazz their ninth consecutive loss, 101-92, Monday night at Sleep Train Arena.

It was the Kings’ second win in their last three games. Sacramento (11-10) improved to 2-4 with DeMarcus Cousins (viral meningitis) out of the lineup this season.

Rookie Nik Stauskas had his best game of the season with season highs for 15 points and eight rebounds. Darren Collison had 16 points and six assists.

Reggie Evans started his first game of the season and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz (5-16) with 19 points and seven assists. Alec Burks added 16 points.

The Kings continued troubling trend of allowing opponents to start games well. The Jazz shot 59.1 percent in the first quarter and led 31-23.

The Kings picked up their intensity defensively and the Jazz started missing more. That allowed the Kings to get back in the game and take a 55-49 lead at halftime.

The Kings shook off a woeful third quarter in which they scored just 13 points on 6-for-23 shooting to pull away in the fourth.

It helped that the Jazz scored only 19 points on 5-for-22 shooting in the third.

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