SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 29 points, and the Sacramento Kings overcame the absence of center DeMarcus Cousins to beat the struggling Utah Jazz 101-92 on Monday night.
Darren Collison added 16 points and six assists, and rookie Nik Stauskas scored a season-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds as Sacramento pulled away in the fourth quarter for a rare win without its leading man.
Cousins sat out for the sixth straight game because of viral meningitis, which will sideline him at least the rest of the week. The Kings are 2-4 without Cousins this season and had lost 17 of their previous 18 games when he doesn’t play.
Gordon Hayward had 19 points and seven assists, and Alec Burks returned from a left shoulder injury to score 16 points for the Jazz, who have lost nine in a row.
Sacramento outshot Utah 47.3 to 40.5 percent.
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