Jazz beat Kings to stretch win streak to seven

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Read KSL's Take here SALT LAKE CITY -- Ronnie Brewer scored a career-high 26 points and Utah increased its winning streak to seven straight with a 102-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, hours after Jazz owner Larry Miller's funeral in the same building. Mehmet Okur also scored 26 and Deron Williams added 16 points and 11 assists for the Jazz, who went 10-1 in February.

The day started somberly for the Jazz with the funeral for Miller, who died eight days before of complications from diabetes, but ended with another win -- a fitting send-off for their longtime owner.

Kevin Martin had 19 points to lead the Kings, who haven't won back-to-back games since November. Rashad McCants had 17 points and Bobby Jackson scored 14 for Sacramento.

The Kings, who beat the Clippers the night before in Sacramento, faded as Utah corrected some mistakes that led to 13 turnovers in the first half. Utah had just four turnovers in the second half and outscored the Kings 23-16 in the final period. It took the Jazz until midway through the fourth period to finally pull away with an 11-0 run.

Brewer started the run with a 3-pointer, then he and the Jazz held the Kings scoreless for almost five minutes while pulling away. Brewer also had a steal that led to his own dunk and a thrilling save during the spurt that put Utah in command for good.

Brewer finished 10-for-18 from the floor and had seven rebounds, four steals, a block and two assists.

Although the Kings never led, they were never more than nine points behind until the final quarter.

After Will Solomon made a 3-pointer to get the Kings within 80-79, Brewer answered with a 3-pointer to start the decisive run. Millsap followed that by blocking Solomon's layup and starting a fast break, which Andrei Kirilenko completed on an alley-oop from Williams with 8:27 left to play.

Brewer saved the ball from going out of bounds with a blind pass to Kirilenko, who couldn't control it but dived on the floor for the loose ball and managed to roll it to Williams. Williams was fouled on the drive and made one of his free throws to put Utah up 91-79 with 5:08 remaining.

Martin made a jumper for Sacramento's first points since Solomon's 3-pointer, but the Jazz went right back to Brewer for a dunk and Utah continued to roll.

Game notes Brewer's previous career high was 25 in December against Minnesota. ... The Jazz had a chance for a six-point halftime lead but allowed Jason Thompson to sneak behind the defense and make a dunk with 0.4 seconds left in the second quarter and cut Utah's lead to 54-50. ... The Jazz outscored the Kings in the paint 56-42. .. Francisco Garcia scored 13 and Thompson pulled down 12 rebounds for Sacramento. Spencer Hawes added 11 boards for the Kings.

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