Video: Alec Burks beats a reaching Kobe Bryant with a crossover
It's one of basketball's eternal lessons: You reach, I teach.
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.
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.
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.
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.