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SALT LAKE CITY -- Several shrewd trades during the summer brought improved depth to the Utah Jazz and positioned the team to be a rising star in the NBAs Western Conference this season. After one game, that depth is already being tested.Utah opened the season with usual starting forwards Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors sidelined with injuries. Hayward is out through at least mid-November after fracturing his left finger in the preseason. Favors missed the opener against Portland on Tuesday because of lingering knee and IT band issues. He practiced with the team on Thursday, but remains questionable.The Jazz missed both players in a 113-104 loss to the Blazers. Utahs offense went ice cold over the final 3 1/2 minutes -- despite an outstanding individual effort from Joe Johnson, who is starting in place of Hayward and finished with a team-high 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting.Learning how to play without a pair of key players is something Utah coach Quin Snyder said the team must do if it wants to live up to preseason expectations.We cant wake up every morning wondering when theyll be back, Snyder said. Theyll be back when theyre back. We cant let that be a distraction. We need to lock in and just compete with who we have.Facing the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday nights home opener should present much less of a challenge for the Jazz. The Lakers are coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 season and enter their post-Kobe Bryant era with talented and raw building blocks such as Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, DAngelo Russell and rookie Brandon Ingram.Los Angeles got off to a good start Wednesday night, winning in coach Luke Waltons debut. The Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter, beating the Houston Rockets 120-114 behind Clarksons 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 20 points from RussellFor a team that tasted victory so infrequently a year ago, rallying against a quality opponent felt like a welcome change of pace. Los Angeles struggled at times before halftime, but played with a degree of energy and enthusiasm not seen during much of the 2015-16 season.Walton said the offense is ahead of the defense at this point because his team played unselfish basketball against Houston. Players shared the ball and worked it around to whoever had an open shot. It paid off in terms of execution.I know it sounds basic but I think its something that it is hard to buy into because if one guys doing it then you dont want to give the ball up because you might not get it back, Walton said. 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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Laura Cornelius scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lead No. 14 Miami past Albany for a 77-53 win Sunday.Jessica Thomas and Keyanna Harris added 11 points apiece and Erykah Davenport had 10 for Miami (1-1), which held a 46-24 rebounding advantage and had 15 steals. The 11 points was a career high for Harris.Trailing by a point at the end of the first quarter, Miami got a 3 from Cornelius to spark a 12-2 run that made it 31-22 with 5:19 left in thhe opening half.dddddddddddd The Hurricanes led the rest of the way and stretched the margin to double figures for good when Nigia Green sank back-to-back 3-pointers, making it 42-28 with 2:10 left in the second quarter.Imani Tate led Albany with 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting.Miami hit 12 of 30 from long range, tying last seasons best mark for made 3s. 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