ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Coach Mike Brown has insisted he wouldn't be even slightly concerned if the revamped Los Angeles Lakers went winless in the preseason. After another blowout loss to Utah, nobody seemed worried the Lakers are halfway there.
Gordon Hayward scored 13 points, Al Jefferson added 12 and the Jazz easily overcame Kobe Bryant's 23-point third quarter for a 114-80 victory over the 0-4 Lakers in a preseason game Tuesday night.
Bryant finished with 31 points and Jodie Meeks added 12 points on four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for the Lakers, who rested Pau Gasol and kept Dwight Howard out of their lineup again. Steve Nash had two points and four turnovers while playing only 12 minutes for Los Angeles.
Even for a preseason game, it was ugly. Just don't expect to find anybody who's concerned in Los Angeles' locker room.
"We didn't execute as well as we should as a whole," said Bryant, who hit 9 of 11 shots in the third quarter. "Hopefully we can get Dwight out there at some point and play together. The more we do that, the better we're going to be down the road. But in practice, we play quite a bit together. That's the most important thing for us, just to get out and play together."
The Jazz showed all the teamwork Los Angeles still lacks in their second big win over the Lakers in four days. Utah led by 20 points at halftime while holding the Lakers to 10-for-34 shooting, going ahead 35 in the third quarter and by 41 in the fourth while easily slicing through the Lakers' makeshift lineups.
"It's important to get out there and learn these things," Nash said. "Every day, a lesson is important. ... It's not a great performance by any stretch, but sometimes you learn more from the struggle. I think we'll come in tomorrow with more resolve to improve. We know we've got a lot of room to get better."
Alec Burks scored 12 points for the Jazz (3-1), who have been staying in Marina Del Rey for an extended trip including a game against the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday night.
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