It was hard-fought, perhaps harder and taking more fight than many expected.
It took rallying out of a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and required an overtime session.
And it came against a team that has only changed the number in the wins column 15 times this season.
The Utah Jazz's much-needed 109-102 OT victory over the lottery-and-perhaps-Anaheim-bound Sacramento Kings caused both celebration and relief by the home team.
"Great win," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We're gonna take it any way it comes right now. We just need it."
In a big way.
Those emotions expressed — made possible by some clutch overtime plays by the likes of Al Jefferson, Raja Bell and even Francisco Elson — haven't been felt in these parts for quite some time.
"To get a win, in any kind of way, you know, is a sense of relief for us," Corbin said. "The guys have been busting their butt, and it's finally good to get a reward at the end."
The pot at the end of this rainbow included Utah's first win at home since Jan. 31 — when the Jazz knocked off Charlotte before seven straight losses in SLC — and Win No. 1 at EnergySolutions Arena for the rookie head coach (2-7).
It also snapped a three-game losing streak for the Jazz (33-30), who had dropped eight of nine contests coming in and were on the verge of completely falling out of the playoff picture.
"It was great," Jazz small forward C.J. Miles said. "The biggest thing we wanted to get one for Ty, especially, because we know he has had as much pressure as we have. Everybody has been playing hard just trying to get that win, and we were able to pull one out tonight."
Jefferson, Bell lift Jazz over Kings 109-102 in OT
The Deseret News | Mar 6