SALT LAKE CITY -- New coach, new system, new players, when it comes to their perceptions of the Jazz, none of that stuff matters to the Los Angeles Lakers.
They still see Utah's guys as a tough, physical team.
"They still play with the same intensity, the same type of tenacity," Kobe Bryant said.
Asked if he'd noticed a difference between the Jazz under current coach Tyrone Corbin and former coach Jerry Sloan, Bryant indicated he thought Corbin simply carried on Sloan's emphasis on toughness and physicality.
"That just comes from Ty being with Sloan all those years," he said.
L.A. coach Mike Brown essentially said the same thing.
"The one thing they always do no matter if they're new or old is, they play hard and they play physical," Brown said. "I don't care what players they bring in here or who's coaching it seems like they will always play hard, they're always going to be a physical team on both ends of the floor, so that's consistent with who they are."
The Jazz were plenty physical Wednesday night, beating the Lakers 95-86 in their only regular-season trip to Utah.
Jazz 95, Lakers 86
* BEST PLAY: With 1:44 left before halftime, Metta World Peace picks up a Jazz turnover and heads down the court. Utah's Gordon Hayward catches up to him at the rim and blocks MWP's layup attempt. Hayward seems to awaken Peace -- formerly Ron Artest -- who suddenly slips into "Ron-Ron" mode as he ratchets up his aggressive play before halftime.
* BEST LINE: On a night when Bryant scored 29 - including 16 straight to end the game -- Utah's Big Al Jefferson turned in a complete effort scoring 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
* KEY STAT: The Jazz held L.A. to just 34 percent shooting on the night. Included in that was 4-for-23 shooting from behind the 3-point line.
* SIDELINE MOMENT: As always when the Lakers come to Salt Lake, lots of gold and purple jerseys, hats and T-shirts find their way into EnergySolutions Arena. Jazz fans often lament there are so many L.A. fans in attendance it often feels like Lakers' home game. With three minutes left in the third quarter and the Lakers making a run, the chant "let's go Lakers" becomes noticeable but Jazz fans quickly drown it out with booing. Not "let's go Jazz" or "Beat L.A.," booing. * HE'S A FAN: After the Lakers' shootaround Wednesday morning, Bryant referred to himself as a "fan" of Utah guard Gordon Hayward.
"I like Hayward a lot," he said. "I'm a big fan of his."
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz went without point guard Earl Watson (right knee rehab) ... the Lakers were without point guard Steve Nash (non-displaced fracture, left leg). They also listed Bryant (strained right food) and Jordan Hill (herniated disc) on their injury report, but each player saw time.
* ETC.: At 1-4, the Lakers own the worst record in the Western Conference ... Bryant scored 16 of the Lakers' 29 points in the fourth quarter. ... The Lakers outscored the Jazz 45-44 in the second half but Utah's 25-17 run to open the game proved to be the difference. ... The Jazz led 51-41 at halftime.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz visit the Denver Nuggets on Friday, then make a quick stop at home to host the Phoenix Suns before making a four-game road trip into the Eastern Conference.