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
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Key injuries: None.