Boozer finished with 33 points on 15 of 18 shooting and Artest was a chest-pounding, yelling, out-of-control mess in the fourth quarter. Artest, the NBA's resident head case, was ejected after his second technical with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter.
The Jazz took a 127-113 victory over the Kings, good for their eighth consecutive win at EnergySolutions Arena. Andrei Kirilenko had a season-high 25 points and hit three three-pointers, but the game nearly was overshadowed by the Artest sideshow.
Artest spent the fourth quarter on the verge of a meltdown. He mixed it up with Matt Harpring almost from the start of the quarter and was called for a technical with 8:49 left after Harpring drew a foul for physical play on defense.
Artest was out of control early, making an emphatic first-down motion after a Jazz turnover in the first half. Artest also nearly elbowed Kyle Korver in the head after he grabbed the ball after a made basket and drew a delay of game warning.
The last straw came after Artest fouled Kirilenko hard on a drive. Artest exaggeratedly boxed out Boozer on the free throws and took a swipe at Boozer. Referee Bennett Salvatore immediately whistled Artest for his second technical.
Sacramento coach Reggie Theus also was called for a technical as he came onto the court to argue that Harpring leveled Kevin Martin on a screen in the midst of the Artest debacle.
The question in the second half quickly became when -- and then whether -- Boozer would miss a shot. He followed up a Ronnie Brewer miss, beat Brad Miller to hit a 13-footer and dunked off a behind-the-back pass from Deron Williams.
Boozer hit a jumper from the top of the key and then a quick 21-footer off an inbounds give-and-go. That left him 11-for-11 from the field but the Jazz were still waiting to take control, leading just 76-74.
Artest might have unwittingly provided the Jazz the motivation they needed to make their push, howling after he tipped in his own miss. The Jazz took off on a 9-0 run after that, capped by Paul Millsap's block of Kevin Martin and Boozer's layup at the other end.
The Jazz owned a 10-point lead, but Boozer couldn't reach the end of the quarter perfect from the field. After making his first 13 shots, Boozer missed a layup with 0.9 seconds left in the third. Utah still took a 95-87 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Jazz improved to 18-3 at home this season, avenged a Dec. 4 loss to the Kings in which they gave up a 43-point fourth quarter. The Kings had won six of nine games coming into Friday.