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Utah Jazz escape with win over Sacramento Kings in OT, 98-91
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Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) is pressured by Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley (6), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) tries to get the ball back from Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Al Jefferson (25) scores for the Jazz, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) talks the ball to the hoop, as Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) goes to the hoop, as Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) defends, as Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) defends, as Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) takes a shot, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) defends, as Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) works the ball inside, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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 Alec Burks (10) and Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) smile as the Jazz extended their overtime lead to  94-89 with 14 seconds left in the game, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) and Alec Burks (10) smile  as the Jazz extended their overtime lead to  94-89 with 14 seconds left in the game, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) reacts after being poked in the eye by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) in first half action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin claps during player introductions,before the Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Fans were split as Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) returned to Utah  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) is double teamed by Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) and Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) decides to pass the ball, as he approaches Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (340 in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) gets off a shot, just before the shot clock expires,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) sits on the bench, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) gets a shot off, over Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans (13) and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Marcus Thornton (23) goes to the hoop, as Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) takes the ball to the basket, as Sacramento Kings small forward John Salmons (5) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) is double teamed by Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) and Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) goes for a rebound along with Sacramento Kings power forward James Johnson (52) in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) team up to steal the ball from Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) team up to steal the ball from Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) team up to steal the ball from Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) takes the ball up the middle, as Sacramento Kings small forward John Salmons (5) defends, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette sits on the bench, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette sits on the bench, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) defends as Sacramento Kings point guard Tyreke Evans (13) goes in for a lay up, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) walks off the floor during a time out, in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette leads a fast break,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
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Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredetteis fouled by Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Jimmer Fredette runs the offense for the Kings,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Jimmer Fredette runs the offense for the Kings,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredetteis fouled by Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15), in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   


Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) has the ball knocked away by Sacramento Kings power forward Chuck Hayes (42) in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Jimmer Fredette puts up a three-point-shot for the Kings,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) takes the ball inside, as Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) defends,  in NBA action, Utah vs. Sacramento game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, February 4, 2013.

One day, perhaps, DeMarcus Cousins will finish a game against Utah and then, only then, will the Jazz know how they stack up with the full-strength Sacramento Kings.

But on Monday night, the Jazz had plenty of trouble with the low-fat version.

The Jazz had dust off their intensity and hot shooting in overtime to top the Kings 98-91, in front of 17,742 at EnergySolutions Arena.

Cousins, the gifted but bombastic center, was ejected at halftime after he was slow to leave the court and, he later said, told the referee not to “act like an effing female.” It was the second straight game this season he has been ejected against the Jazz, after being tossed in the third quarter of the Jazz’s loss in Sacramento on Nov. 24.

If any team can relate about playing without key players, it’s the Jazz. They’re in a constant, swirling state of evolution. Their players are growing, both out of natural progression and survivalism. Alec Burks is being broken in as a point guard, and Monday was his best performance in the role alongside Randy Foye, who scored a team-high 20 points (six in overtime).

“At first I thought playing him at the one take away what he do,” Jazz center Al Jefferson said, “which is score. But I think the more and more that he plays, he get more and more comfortable.”

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Burks played a season-high 31 minutes, including the final 22:33 of the game, and scored 14 points. He was also responsible for four of the Jazz’s inexpert 22 turnovers.

“It has put him at a little bit of a disadvantage playing point guard more than anything,” coach Tyrone Corbin said. “But with he and Randy on the floor together, they are able to split the duties a little bit, and at time initiate, at times be the secondary guy.”

Jefferson recorded his 23rd double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

DeMarre Carroll and Derrick Favors, meanwhile, continued their strong play off the bench, finishing with 10 and 13 points respectively, while Favors added nine rebounds.

“We’re working some things out in the rotation and some personnel,” Corbin said. “But they all stayed together and as a result we were able to tough out a win here.”

On the flip side: The Jazz needed everyone to deplete a depleted version of one of the NBA’s most sympathetic teams.

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Jazz beat Kings in overtime after Sacramento’s hot-headed Cousins gets ejected at halftime.

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Highlights

O The Jazz shoot 52.8 percent from the field and beat the Kings 98-91.

» Utah is 3-0 in overtime games this season, with earlier wins over Toronto and Indiana.

» Six Jazz players reach double figures, led by 20 from Randy Foye.

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