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Postgame: Jazz 95, Lakers 86

Published November 7, 2012 11:28 pm

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The Jazz broke free Wednesday in a 95-86 win, getting big nights from Al Jefferson, Mo Williams and Randy Foye and holding off a herculean late surge from Kobe Bryant.

Foye's back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth weren't quite enough to put away the Lakers, but gave the Jazz an 11-point lead in the final six minutes.

Foye said he was just hot, but that he couldn't describe the feeling of being in the zone.

"You don't even know," the first-year Jazz player said. "You're just playing. It's just the moment. You don't even know, I can't even explain the feeling, it's just something that you've been — I can't explain how many times I got hot in my life, it just feels like you can't be stopped."

• Wednesday's win was one of those games where seemingly every player contributed. Even Gordon Hayward, who was dreadful offensively, was tremendous defensively in the first quarter. Of his plays, the most impressive was a steal/block against Bryant that resulted in a two-handed dunk on the other end.

Hayward finished with just 7 points and fouled out in the final minute of the game. But he led the Jazz with 3 blocks and added 2 steals.

• For the second straight game, DeMarre Carroll did not play. It's a small sample size, and could change, but at this point it appears that Corbin has settled on a nine-man rotation, which includes Alec Burks. Burks scored 2 points in 9 minutes, but the Jazz were +12 with Burks in the game. His lone basket was a baseline drive and dunk against Antawn Jamison.

— Bill Oram

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