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Jazz beat Lakers 99-86

Associated Press Modified: October 14, 2012 at 1:17 am •  Published: October 14, 2012

"There's definitely progress," Nash said. "We're trying to implement a lot on both ends of the floor and also trying to learn to play together, but that takes time. This is the time of year that we need to continue to grow and not worry about winning ballgames."

Canadian-born rookie Robert Sacre, a second-round draft pick out of Gonzaga, had nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Lakers in his second start before fouling out with 10:22 left in the game.

"He's a very smart player, so he's able to get himself in positions to be successful, make plays for others as well as for himself, and rebound," Bryant said. "He's able to read the defense and see how they're playing Steve and how they're playing me. He's doing a fantastic job. I'm pleasantly surprised with what we have in him. He's going to be a huge plus for us."

Corbin and Lakers counterpart Mike Brown, continuing to experiment with different combinations, sat their regulars the entire fourth quarter — which began tied at 69-all after the Lakers led by as many as 13 points early in the third. Utah went on a 16-4 run after Lakers rookie Greg Somogyi replaced Sacre in the pivot, and the Jazz capped the rally on 3-pointer by Jamaal Tinsley and a dunk by Jeremy Evans for an 87-74 lead with 6:01 to play.

Bryant scored 11 of his 17 first-half points on free throws to help the Lakers take a 46-35 lead at intermission. Darius Morris, who is battling Steve Blake and Chris Duhon for the second point-guard spot behind Nash, had two points and four assists in 19 minutes.

"We're just continuing to build on what we're trying to learn offensively," Brown said. "We've seen some good things with the stuff that we've put in. But because this offense is so complicated, it's going to take a while for it to get there."

NOTES: The Lakers have ended the practice of hosting four-team preseason doubleheaders on back-to-back nights, a decades-long tradition that goes back to the days when their home was the Inglewood Forum. So the "Staples Shootout" has now gone the way of short-shorts, the triangle offense, and Smush Parker. ... Also missing from the Lakers' lineup was backup C Jordan Hill, who was diagnosed with a herniated disc following the game against Golden State. ... Jazz backup point guard Earl Watson, recovering from surgery on his right knee in April, participated in basketball drills for the first time during the pregame shootaround. The former UCLA star dressed for the game, but did not play. ... Jazz power forward Paul Millsap missed his second straight game while in Atlanta to attend his grandmother's funeral.