Ben's Stellar Half Not Enough Against Jazz

Despite McLemore's 17-point first half, Kings are unable to overcome a big night from the Jazz, 112-82.
by Benedict Tagle
Writer, Kings.com

Thanks to a red-hot opening frame, in which Utah jumped out to an 11-0 lead and ultimately led by as many as 20, the Kings found themselves in an early hole.

The Jazz made 60 percent of their shots, including a blistering 50 percent from long distance.

The next frame saw a quick shift in momentum. Thanks to a 12-0 run lead by the backcourt Ty Lawson and Ben McLemore, the Kings closed the quarter on a 20-4 run. The purple and black outscored the Jazz by 13 points in the second period, cutting the gap to just seven points.

McLemore tallied all 17 of his first half points in the quarter, making up more than half of the team’s output in the frame.


The third quarter saw more of an even game, with the two teams exchanging baskets. Both teams made at least 50 percent of their shots from the field. Although, cutting the lead to two, Utah finished the frame on an 11-4 run.

The Jazz continued their momentum into the final frame, starting the quarter with an 8-2 run and would never look back.

Utah capped off a wire-to-wire victory, winning 112-82. They had six players finish in double digits, led by Gordon Hayward's 20 points. The Kings were led by McLemore, who scored 22 points.


The Kings now head to New Orleans for their final matchup of the season against the Pelicans on Friday night.


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