SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz veteran Gordon Hayward hates to lose.
Rookie Trey Burke can't stand not competing.
Head coach Tyrone Corbin wants to see his guys develop and grow in the preseason so they'll be more prepared when the regular season stars later this month.
Oh, who is he kidding? He wants to win too.
"It's always nice to win it," Corbin said Tuesday following Utah's 101-78 victory over Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena.
Granted, it was the Jazz's preseason opener and they've still got a lot of growing to do before they open the regular season Oct. 30 vs. Oklahoma City. And granted, Corbin's team is young and very inexperienced. His top priority these days is making sure his guys are all on the same page while keeping an eye out to see who's exceeding expectations and who isn't.
But winning, winning is still a huge factor if for no other reason than it's important to see which guys compete and which don't.
"It's an exhibition game," he said. "They didn't play their regular lineup at times tonight, (but) we didn't either. But we're trying to learn and find out things about who we are and who we can be. It was a good showing tonight, we showed some progress."
Looking for progress is part of a coach's job.
Winning ballgames is what players care about.
"You go into every single game trying to win," Hayward said. "Me, I hate losing, so whether it's preseason or whether it's playoffs, you're trying to win the game."
But Hayward, who takes over as Utah's main leader now that veterans Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Mo Williams are gone, understands the importance of preseason games.
"I think you're trying to improve more than anything in preseason and find out who you are as a team," he said. "You're trying to learn so mistakes are going to be made. Make them in preseason and fix them and don't make them again in the regular season."
The Jazz made a few mistakes on Tuesday, though the bulk of them came in the first quarter -- the first five minutes, actually. Later, they seemed to settle in and had some rather nice moments.
Derrick Favors scored 10 points to go along with 14 rebounds and three blocked shots and teammate Alec Burks came off the bench for 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting for the Jazz, who played 15 players.
Hayward was 4-for-12 from the field for eight points. But he added eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
Veteran point guard John Lucas III led the Jazz with 16 points, all in just over 18 minutes of work.
Utah shot 46 percent from the field while holding the Warriors to 33 percent.
The Jazz also had eight blocked shots and outrebounded their opponents 62-41.
Burke, Utah's top pick in last summer's draft, is a young point guard still trying to learn the ins and outs of the NBA game. The former Michigan All-American was a star at the college level but he's still trying to work through the nerves that come from becoming a professional.
He started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, scoring 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He was 2-for-4 from behind the 3-point line and also collected three assists and two rebounds.
He, like Hayward, said winning matters.
"It's always No. 1 just because you want to go out there and give the fans what they want, give the coaching staff what they want," he said. "And the end of the day, respect the game from the first buzzer to the last buzzer."