Monday October 20th, 2014

It's one of basketball's eternal lessons: You reach, I teach.

The pupil got the master on Sunday night when up-and-coming Jazz guard Alec Burks crossed over a reaching Kobe Bryant during a preseason game against the Lakers's 2014-2015 NBA Preview hub: Video, analysis and more

Holding a 47-30 lead with a little more than three minutes remaining before halftime, Burks began an offensive possession with Bryant picking him up outside the three-point line. As Burks dribbled behind his back from right to left, Bryant lunged forward in a pocket-picking attempt that came up empty. Burks, dodging the steal try, moved the ball behind his back from left to right before driving hard into the paint, where he finished a double-clutch, and-one lay-up through a pack of Lakers defenders. 

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How's this for a clash of generations? The 23-year-old Burks was just six years old when Bryant made his NBA debut in 1996. 

The Lakers came back to win 98-91 thanks in part to Jazz coach Quin Snyder's decision to play both Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors limited minutes. 

Burks finished with a team-high 21 points (on 7-for-14 shooting), six rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. The fourth-year guard should be in for a larger role this season following the departure of Richard Jefferson in free agency.

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Bryant led all scorers with 26 points (on 7-for-22 shooting) and five rebounds in 32 minutes.

Utah dropped to 4-2 on the preseason. Los Angeles improved to 2-3. 

Video via YouTube user James Herbert

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