SALT LAKE CITY -- Not exactly a win fit for a king.
On a night when they had a bad road team at the end of a bad road trip -- not to mention playing without its leading scorer in the second half -- still managed to come up with a 98-91 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.
Down by seven with 4:26 left to play, Utah (27-22) got a late push and bumbled a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but still had enough left to win the overtime period, 14-7.
The Kings (17-33) came into the game with a 5-20 record on the road this season. Monday's game was the sixth in a six-game road trip that had previous stops in Denver, Boston, Philadelphia and New York.
Still, they outrebounded the Jazz 15-5 on the offensive glass and Utah turned the ball over 22 times. The Kings, who lost leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins with two technical fouls in the first half, were held to just 40 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent in the second half.
"We've got to do better," center Al Jefferson said. "We've got to do better as a team."
Perhaps, but don't expect the Jazz to give this one back. Not after working overtime to earn their ninth home win in 10 tries.
The Jazz led by as many as 10 with fewer than two minutes remaining in the first half but let the Kings back in with a 9-0 run before halftime.
"Sixth game of a road trip, they had a day off (on Sunday), whatever that is," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "I mean, it's a game. I'm disappointed we gave up the lead. But it was great we were able to fight back and win the ballgame."
The Jazz went 4-for-6 from the field overtime and 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Guard Randy Foye scored six of his 20 points during the extra period and Paul Millsap added four of his 14.
Jefferson finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Jason Thompson finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Tyreke Evans added 20 points for the Kings.
Cousins received technicals at the 2:23 mark of the second quarter and again while trying to engage the referees for several seconds after the first half ended.
He now leads the NBA with 12 technicals.
Cousins said he was asking the officials for an explanation of why he got the first technical when he got his with the second.
He said referee Scott Foster repeatedly said he didn't want to hear from him anymore.
"My response was, 'You don't have to act like an effing female,' " he said. "I shouldn't have said that. That's about it."
"It was just conversation, but the wrong kind of conversation," Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. "I think there was a conversation on both sides and the referee got to the point where he didn't want to hear anymore. The part where it's halftime and you're walking toward them, you'll probably always get in trouble for doing that."
Had Cousins and his 17 points-per-game average had managed to remain in the game it might have been a different outcome ... or it might not have.
In theory, they should have been able to put away the lowly Kings. In practice, Sacramento provided a tough matchup and the Jazz were, in fact, playing without three key players -- swingman Gordon Hayward and point guards Mo Williams and Earl Watson.
But even Jefferson admitted he was disappointed in the way he and his teammates blew that double digit lead before halftime.
"I think that second quarter, man, we've got to close the half out better, we've got to," he said. "We were up 10 points. If we'd been able to close the half out up by 15-17 points, I think they would have given up. I really do."