Jazz 114, Kings 96
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Adrian Dantley scored 34 points and Darrell Griffith 27 as the Utah Jazz routed Kansas City 114-96 in a National Basketball Association game Thursday night.
The Jazz, 23-27, held a 12-point lead opening the final period when Kings guard Mike Woodson connected for eight consecutive points to narrow the gap to 88-84 with 9:18 remaining.
Griffith, Dantley and Thurl Bailey, who totaled 19 points, triggered a 14-2 run that put the Jazz back on top by a commanding 102-86 margin at the 5:04 mark.
Utah broke away from a 41-41 deadlock midway through the second quarter with a 14-point scoring spree that propelled the Jazz to a 55-41 advantage.
The Jazz, who were aided by center Mark Eaton’s 17 rebounds and three blocked shots, held a 61-49 halftime lead.
Kansas City, 16-33 and a loser for the 13th time in 16 games, got 21 points from Larry Drew. Woodson contributed 19.
Eddie Johnson, who has averaged 24 points a game for Kansas City, was limited to six points. It was the first time in 122 games Johnson did not score in double figures.