Hayward's 23 fuel Utah rally past Kings 104-102

Hayward's 23 fuel Utah rally past Kings 104-102
November 23, 2012, 11:47 pm
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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots over Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward scored 23 points, including the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Sacramento Kings 104-102 on Friday night.

James Johnson's running jumper at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the rim as the Jazz (7-6) stayed perfect at home.

Hayward scored 10 in the fourth quarter.

Tyreke Evans led Sacramento (3-9) with 19 points and reserve Marcus Thornton added 18, including 13 in the wild fourth quarter.

Marvin Williams added 20 points for Utah. Al Jefferson had 17 and Derrick Favors contributed 16 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

The Kings led 92-79 with 8 1/2 minutes left until Hayward, Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Jefferson fueled the comeback.

Jefferson's putback gave Utah a 102-99 led but Thornton tied it with a 3-pointer.

Tinsley's late steal set up Hayward for the winner.