Reserve Enes Kanter scored eight of his 14 points during a decisive fourth-quarter run and had 14 rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to a 99-86 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Williams, whom the Jazz acquired in a trade that sent Devin Harris to the Atlanta Hawks, also had 14 points for Utah (2-1). Mo Williams, replacing Harris as the starting point guard after the Jazz acquired him from the Clippers in another four-team trade last June, missed seven of eight shots and had seven points in 21 minutes with two assists.
After playing their first two exhibition games way off-Broadway in Fresno and Ontario, Calif. — and losing both by a combined margin of 45 points — the Lakers (0-3) returned to Staples Center for the first time since their 103-100 loss to Oklahoma City on May 19 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Kobe Bryant, who sat out Wednesday's loss against Portland because of a right shoulder strain, had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes.