Dec 9, 12:42 AM EST

Sacramento Kings beat Jazz 101-92 without Cousins


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Rudy Gay scored 29 points, and the Sacramento Kings overcame the absence of center DeMarcus Cousins to beat the struggling Utah Jazz 101-92 on Monday night.

Darren Collison added 16 points and six assists, and rookie Nik Stauskas scored a season-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds as Sacramento pulled away in the fourth quarter for a rare win without its leading man.

Cousins sat out for the sixth straight game because of viral meningitis, which will sideline him at least the rest of the week. The Kings are 2-4 without Cousins this season and had lost 17 of their previous 18 games when he doesn't play.

Gordon Hayward had 19 points and seven assists, and Alec Burks returned from a left shoulder injury to score 16 points for the Jazz, who have lost nine in a row.

Sacramento outshot Utah 47.3 to 40.5 percent.

The Kings scored 10 straight points early in the fourth to take an 80-70 lead. Utah rallied with a 7-0 run, and the teams traded baskets over the next few minutes.

Stauskas put Sacramento in control for good when he converted a twisting layup while getting fouled by Rodney Hood. The three-point play put the Kings up 89-79 with 3:22 remaining.

The victory kept the Kings (11-10) above .500 and slowed a slide that started when Cousins got ill. Kings coach Michael Malone said that Cousins will need time to practice and work back into shape whenever he is cleared to resume basketball activities.

Without their big man in the middle, Sacramento started slow again.

Utah (5-16) seized the momentum early, with Hayward scoring 12 points in the first quarter the help the Jazz go ahead 31-23. But the Kings came back in the second quarter with their defense, getting out in transition for easy baskets, including fast-break dunks by Gay and Ben McLemore in the final minute.

Sacramento led 55-49 at the half.

Derrick Favors picked up his fourth foul 17 seconds into the third quarter, but the Jazz got a big boost from Rudy Gobert - who finished with 12 points and nine rebounds - to keep the game tight. The teams headed to the final quarter tied 68-all.

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TIP-INS

Jazz: It was the first of four meetings between Utah and Sacramento this season. The Jazz won last season's series 2-1. ... Utah had 20 assists and 13 turnovers.

Kings: Lead assistant coach Tyrone Corbin, the former Jazz coach, injured his Achilles tendon working out last week. He shared hugs and handshakes with some of Utah's staff outside the Kings' locker room but will not be on the bench until his injury progress. ... Sacramento had 18 assists and 17 turnovers.

NEXT UP

Jazz: Host San Antonio on Tuesday.

Kings: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

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