SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In 141 regular-season meetings, the
Sacramento Kings had never beaten the Utah Jazz by such a margin.
Then again, it might have been 25 years since the injury-plagued
Jazz had a lineup so ready to be beaten.
Bonzi Wells had 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the
Kings, who overcame a rocky second quarter for a blowout win over
the Jazz, who predictably struggled while missing five key members
of their rotation.
After a 2-5 start to the season, the Kings and their fretful
fans desperately needed a confidence-boosting win -- even at the
expense of an opposing lineup better suited to a summer-league
"It's a good win because the frustration was setting in around
town," said Wells, who showed off his rebounding prowess in a
strong two-way game. "I could see it just driving around. People
are looking at you like, 'What's going on with you guys?' ... It's
early. We have to string together four or five victories in a row,
and then we can talk about where we're at as a team."
Sacramento scored 43 points in the third quarter, making 17 of
18 free throws, and cruised to its second easy win of the season.
Bibby, Stojakovic and Brad Miller combined for 17 assists and only
three turnovers before sitting out the fourth along with fellow
starters Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who had 10 points.
Both clubs lost their previous game to the Knicks, with the
Kings getting booed off their home court one night before Utah
scored only 62 points against New York on Monday. The Kings have
two days off before another home game against Milwaukee, and coach
Rick Adelman believes he can keep his players' attention.
"We caught a team that was really short-handed, but we did what
we had to do," Adelman said. "I just told them in (the locker
room), 'This means nothing if you don't play well over the
weekend.' ... That's the way the world is. There's always
overreaction. You have to keep it on an even keel."
Milt Palacio scored 19 points for the Jazz, who played without
sometime starters Andrei Kirilenko (sprained right ankle), Gordan
Giricek (tonsillitis), Keith McLeod (back spasms) and Matt Harpring
(right knee rehab). Rookie Deron Williams added 12 points for Utah,
which lost its third straight.
"They played great tonight," Williams said. "They made us
look like little kids out there."
Kirilenko, McLeod and Giricek all missed their second straight
game, while Harpring sat out for the second time in three games.
Utah, which committed 19 turnovers, also is missing forward Carlos
Boozer, who hasn't played this season because of strained
"They shot the ball well, but we didn't defend," coach Jerry
Sloan said. "It was like a layup drill. ... We were playing a
veteran team with young players who are used to being in more
supportive roles. We're just trying to do everything we can to stay
After a miserable offensive game against the Knicks, the Kings
came out with all the energy and ball movement they lacked two
nights earlier. Sacramento made nine of its first 12 shots and
later went on a 16-1 run in the first quarter, taking an early
But the Kings' reserves then relapsed, going 9:20 between field
goals while Utah made a 22-5 run. Sacramento's bench couldn't score
against Utah's reserves, but the starters pushed the lead back to
76-56 on Bibby's 3-pointer midway through the third.
Mehmet Okur, Utah's leading scorer and sole healthy regular
starter, got benched early by Sloan, apparently for a couple of
defensive lapses. He finished with five points in 22 minutes.
Palacio, who also had six assists, just missed his career high
of 20 points.
Wells hit the first 3-pointer of his first season with
Sacramento. ... The Kings wore their garish new gold-and-purple
third jerseys at home for the first time in the regular season. ...
Utah's Kris Humphries sent Wells crashing into the basket standard
while goaltending Wells' layup early in the third quarter. Wells
had a few choice words for Humphries -- and then hit a 3-pointer
over Humphries on the next possession.