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Rudy Gay hits late jumper to give Kings a 103-101 victory over Jazz

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) dunks as Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) dunks as Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. AP

Player of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 17 rebounds as the Kings escaped with a 103-101 win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night in Salt Lake City. The Kings blew an 18-point lead and needed a jumper from Rudy Gay with 0.6 seconds left to win.

Turning point: The Kings gave up a three-pointer to Joe Ingles with 4.1 seconds to play to tie the score 101-101. Gay’s 17-foot jumper allowed the Kings to pull within one game of eighth-place Utah in the Western Conference.

X-factor: The Jazz was unable to exploit the Kings’ three-point defense, as many teams have this season. Utah shot 6 of 34 (17.6 percent) from three-point range.

Records: Kings 16-23, Jazz 17-22

Key injuries: None.

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