SALT LAKE CITY -- Over the course of an 82-game season, some losses are throwaways, sacrifices to a long, cold six-month grind.
Others feel like they'll never fade away.
For the Utah Jazz, Saturday's 112-102 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings was just such a heartbreaker.
"It hurts really bad," Jazz rookie Trey Burke said. "The beauty of this thing is we have another game on Monday."
Burke made those comments shortly after Utah squandered a seven-point lead in the final three minutes of regulation and eventually was outscored 15-5 in the overtime period in a battle of Western Conference cellar dwellers. He acknowledged looking forward to tonight's home game with the Portland Trail Blazers but his tired voice betrayed a deep disappointment not normally seen in the throwaway losses on the second night of a back-to-back set.
"I felt like we definitely should have won this game," Burke added.
Teammate Gordon Hayward said the game thing.
"It does (hurt)," he said. "We had the game."
It certainly seemed so, yes. Hayward's free throw at the 2:59 mark of the fourth quarter put the Jazz ahead 91-84 against a Kings team that had lost its last six in a row. But trailing 97-94 with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Sacramento guard Ben McLemore sank a wide-open 3-pointer, sending the game into overtime on a cold, snowy night along the Wasatch Front.
Stunned and frustrated over the defensive breakdown that allowed the Kings to tie the game, Utah struggled in the extra period and was outscored 15-5.
"Must have been a communication error there on our last play," Hayward said. "Give them credit, they knocked down a big-time 3 and just outplayed us in overtime. A tough (loss)."
Hayward scored 22 points and Burke added 19 to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Jazz, who lost their third in a row.
Alec Burks came off the bench for 19 points and center Enes Kanter added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 28 points and three blocks while McLemore added 15 points and nine boards.
Former BYU All-American Jimmer Fredette, a first-round draft pick of the Kings in 2011, was the only player not to appear for Sacramento.
"Every time I come back it's great to see the support that I have. I appreciate all of it," said Fredette, whose third-year option was not picked up by the Kings. "I love the fans here."
Sunday, the Toronto Raptors reached an agreement to send Rudy Gay to the Kings in a multiplayer trade.
The Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy.
The trade is still pending NBA approval.
For the Jazz, there was nothing pleasant about the way they lost on Saturday. Although they came into the game with the NBA's worst record, they were feeling good about themselves after a narrow loss to Indiana - the NBA's best team - last Wednesday.
They had been roughed up badly by the Trail Blazers last Friday in Portland, Ore., but they were anxious to prove something against the Kings, who came in with a 4-13 record.
"They have four wins and we have four wins, too," Kanter said. "Before the game we talked and we wanted that game really bad. They also needed it really bad."
The Jazz were shorthanded, missing power forwards Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams, each a double-digit scorer.
Williams had missed two previous games with a sore right heel but Favors was a late scratch with a sore lower back.
Shorthanded, the Jazz struggled to keep up with Sacramento's big men and that led to foul trouble. Kanter, Jeremy Evans and Mike Harris each fouled out.
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