Kings force O.T. in Utah but fall to Jazz, 109-102

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Kings force O.T. in Utah but fall to Jazz, 109-102

March 5, 2011BOXSCORE KINGS VIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) For the Jazz, just getting a win in front of their fans was more than enough.Al Jefferson scored 27 points and Raja Bell had two crucial jumpers and a steal in overtime to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Sacramento Kings 109-102 Saturday night to stop their home losing streak at seven games.
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"Oh man, to get a win, in any kind of way, is a sense of relief for us," said coach Ty Corbin, who won his first home game as head coach. "The guys have been busting their butts, and it's good to finally get a reward at the end."After the Jazz lost Paul Millsap to injury, Jefferson scored six points in overtime and Utah outscored the Kings 10-2 after Francisco Garcia started overtime with a 3-pointer."Everybody in the gym knew they were going to Jefferson. He delivered more often than not and that was huge for them," Sacramento coach Paul Westphal said.What was less expected was the clutch shooting of Bell, who scored 16 points and made the second of back-to-back jumpers with 17 seconds remaining to put the Jazz up 105-100."It feels good. It was especially good for us to play another close one and figure out how to get over the hump late in the game," Bell said. The Jazz had lost three in a row overall by five points or less.DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 18 rebounds and Garcia returned from 21 games on the sidelines to add 18, but the Kings lost for the fourth time in their last five."Just couldn't pull it out. It's a tough place to play for a lot of reasons," Cousins said, "but they just beat us down the stretch and I missed some key free throws,"Cousins was 6 of 11 from the line and missed two foul shots in overtime.Marcus Thornton, who scored 22 points, made a 3-pointer from the left angle with 14.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 95.Jefferson, who tipped in his own miss with 25 seconds left, misfired on a baseline jumper with five seconds to play in regulation. Udrih raced to the other end but his 29-foot desperation runner rimmed out.Even before longtime coach Jerry Sloan abruptly resigned and Deron Williams was traded to New Jersey, the Jazz were struggling at home. Since beating Charlotte 83-78 on Jan. 31, the Jazz had lost seven straight in Salt Lake - their longest home skid since dropping a club-record 12 consecutive games from Feb. 15-March 29, 1982."I didn't even realize we lost that many games at home until I saw it flash across the bottom on ESPN. Our fans don't deserve that. They've been too good to us," Jefferson said.Omri Casspi missed the game because of a sore back so the Kings started a big lineup with Dalembert, Cousins and Green - all 6-foot-11 and taller than anyone in Utah's starting frontcourt.The Kings outrebounded Utah, 50-47, but had a tough time guarding Jefferson down the stretch without Dalembert, who fouled out in regulation.The Jazz blocked 13 shots and made 12 steals and allowed the Kings just one field goal in a 3:56 span of the extra period.Sacramento's Beno Udrih had 16 points as he and Thornton found ways to get shots when the Jazz focused on Cousins. Thornton is averaging more than 21 points in five games since New Orleans traded him to Sacramento.Cousins punctuated a 13-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters with a follow dunk at the 8:41 mark to make 83-74 for the Kings.The Jazz struck back with a 12-1 surge to put them back in front. The run was capped with Jefferson's jumper with 4:05 to go."We had that lead, but they basically got three layups off our mistakes," Udrih said. "They got back in the game, got a lift and woke up the crowd. Then, they just brought it home."Notes: Kyrylo Fesenko left the game in the fourth quarter with back spasms after four minutes of play. ... Four other Sacramento players - DeMarcus Cousins (left shoulder strain), Samuel Dalembert (right knee), Jason Thompson (ankles) and Beno Udrih (left thigh bruise) - were all on the pregame injury list but did play. ... Jazz C Francisco Elson also twisted his knee but continued to play and finished with a season-high nine rebounds and a key block. ... Utah is 4-0 in overtime and the Kings are 0-5.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Mets spent the first half of this week in Los Angeles, where they got swept by the Dodgers and outscored 36-11. Their beat writers publicly wrote an end to any thoughts of the postseason. The fan base renewed the calls for manager Terry Collins to be fired. 

That’s where they were. And then they flew to San Francisco. 

AT&T Park continues to be a place where others get healthy, and this weekend it was the Mets. The Giants lost 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by a similarly disappointing team. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games. 

There’s not much more to be said about it, but I did anyway. Here are five things to know from the day a relief pitcher got an at-bat but it would have been far too cruel to text your friends … 

—- Matt Moore’s line: 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He ranks last among qualified NL starters in ERA. Only Matt Cain (1.73) has a worse WHIP. Good times. 

—- Mets righty Rafael Montero entered with an 0-4 record and 6.49 ERA. He gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. Good times. 

—- With runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning, Brandon Belt strolled to the plate. He leads the team in homers. Hunter Pence tried to steal second for some reason and he was caught, ending the inning and keeping Belt from batting in a two-run game. Good times. 

—- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn’t hit into a double play. Posey popped up softly to first and Joe Panik was doubled off of second. Good times. 

—- One last bit of bad news: Austin Slater was removed from the game with a tight right hip flexor. 

Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

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Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

SONONA — Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR's young new superstars. But at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was Harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way.

It was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the Bakersfield, California, driver. Sonoma was one of just four active tracks where Harvick had never before scored a Cup victory.

Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in this win, which ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.

Either way, Harvick had a cozy 9-second lead over Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer before the caution.

Bowyer, now the driver for the entry Tony Stewart used for his final NASCAR victory last year at the track, was second and Brad Keselowski third as Ford cars went 1-2-3.