SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It shouldn't have come down to one play. But that didn't prevent Omri Casspi from taking the Kings' latest loss hard.
Casspi's three-point attempt slipped out of his hand with 3.9 seconds to go, resulting in an airball that Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko recovered on the final play of another fourth-quarter collapse by the Kings.
This time, the Kings were outscored 27-17 in the fourth quarter in a 107-104 loss to the Jazz on Monday night at Arco Arena.
Casspi felt good about his 26-foot three-point attempt to tie the score.
"When I squared up, I had an open look," Casspi said. "The ball just slipped when I went up."
It was the 17th time in the Kings' 36 losses that they led in the fourth quarter. It was the eighth time they led by at least seven points and lost.
The Kings did enough to hurt themselves to give the Jazz the opportunity to steal the game.
Sacramento committed 20 turnovers that led to 25 Utah points. Five of those turnovers came in the fourth quarter and led to seven Jazz points.
Casspi, however, was stuck on his mistakes that might have prevented the Jazz from rallying.
"I'm talking about myself," Casspi said. "I went 1 for 4 from the free-throw line. Like a high school kid. Free throws win and lose games, and I missed them tonight."
Despite the mistakes, the Kings were in position to force overtime because the Jazz couldn't close them out.
Kirilenko missed 2 of 4 free throws late to give the Kings hope. The final miss gave the Kings the ball with eight seconds left before Casspi's miss.
Sacramento appeared on its way to a win after a strong third quarter. Tyreke Evans scored 13 points in the third, and DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and eight rebounds, nearly matching his season averages of 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds entering Monday.
The Kings, however, didn't take long to waste the 87-80 lead they held after three quarters.
The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with an 11-4 run to tie the score 91-91 with 8:06 to play. The Kings responded with a 6-0 run for a 97-91 lead with 6:36 to go.
But the Kings couldn't hold off the Jazz, thanks in part to three turnovers down the stretch.
"I thought the turnovers killed us," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "They killed us in the first half; they killed us in the second half. We had a nice stretch when the bench came in in the first half and refrained from turning the ball over, and we built a nice lead. We built a lead in the second half by taking care of the ball, and the turnovers popped again down the stretch."
Of the 20 turnovers, 18 were charged to the starters. Evans, who had a game-high six turnovers, left the locker room without speaking to the media.
Cousins had already left the locker room when the media arrived. He has done that recently after bad games, but he had a solid game considering his foul trouble. Cousins fouled out with 22.2 seconds to play with game highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Evans finished with 21 points.
Center Al Jefferson led Utah with 23 points. Guard Deron Williams had 21 points and a game-high nine assists. Paul Millsap added 18 points for Utah before fouling out.