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Millsap ties career high with 32 as Jazz top Kings

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul Millsap tied his career high with 32 points in his first start of the season and added 14 rebounds and seven assists as the Utah Jazz won their fifth straight, beating the Sacramento Kings 101-94 on Friday night.

It's the longest winning streak of the season for Utah, which was without All-Star Deron Williams and forward Carlos Boozer.

Boozer was out with a strained right calf and Millsap filled in for the two-time All-Star, who had started the first 45 games and leads the Jazz in scoring and rebounding. Williams, named a Western Conference All-Star reserve on Thursday, missed the game to attend a funeral.

Andrei Kirilenko scored 18 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked five shots — including one in the final minute as the Kings came up short in one final rally.

Kevin Martin led Sacramento with 33 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 points and six assists.

Sacramento has won just three road games, but one of them was here when the Kings embarrassed the Jazz in early November.

After falling behind 10-0 to start Friday, the Kings surged late in the first quarter and kept up with the Jazz most of the night by taking advantage of their foul shots while Utah struggled from the line. The Kings were 23 for 26 from the line while Utah made 27 of 40.

That was more than enough for Sacramento to stay in it, especially with the way Martin was shooting. Martin made 10 of 18 from the field, including four 3-pointers. But the Kings couldn't slow Millsap, who had nine points and five rebounds in the fourth to help the Jazz hold off the Kings.

The Jazz moved within three games of Northwest Division leader Denver with their ninth win in 10 games.

Ronnie Price started for Williams and went scoreless after getting in early foul trouble, but rookie Sundiata Gaines took over and had 12 points and five assists. C.J. Miles also scored 12 for Utah.

Evans got the Kings within 62-61 on two foul shots with 3:08 left in the third quarter, then the Jazz closed the period on an 11-2 run for a 73-63 lead entering the fourth, but Sacramento continued to push.

Martin made a 3-pointer to get the Kings within 76-70, then Sean May hit from the top of the key as the Kings rallied with a 9-2 run to bet back in it.

The Jazz were able to slow down the surge despite nearly turning over the ball when Millsap stumbled in the lane, but guided the ball to Miles for a 3-pointer.

Millsap added a three-point play, drawing a foul on a 15-foot jumper, hit a 19-footer and a layup down the stretch before Kirilenko snuffed the Kings hopes with one more block.

Notes: The Kings just ended a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Warriors on Tuesday. ... Sacramento was scoreless until Martin drew a foul while driving on Millsap and made both foul shots with 7:28 left in the first, but didn't get a field goal until Evans drove for a layup 6:17 into the game. ... The Kings won the first meeting here on Nov. 7, 104-99 — one of just three road wins for Sacramento this season. ... Millsap also scored 32 in Dec. 2008 against Boston. ... The Jazz honored longtime broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley with a halftime ceremony and named the press room at EnergySolutions Arena for him.