Basketball fans at Staples Center got an enticing up-close-and-personal preview Wednesday night.

And not just of the most exciting high-flying team that calls Tinseltown home.

As usual Blake Griffin DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul each gave their share of highlights in the Clippers' 103-99 win over the Jazz.

But spectators in attendance — and Utah fans watching at home — had to be impressed with how well the Junior Jazz players performed while holding their own against the much more polished Clippers.

Sure the Jazz dropped their fifth consecutive exhibition game but they looked good doing it for the most part. They even shot better than 30-something percent (42.5 percent) and hit 20 of 25 free throws after struggling so much from the foul line in previous contests.

"I thought the guys after a tough loss last night against the Lakers I thought we responded well" Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We saw what we wanted to see the fight in this group that we've been seeing the whole time. I thought the focus from the beginning of the game was there. We came out aggressive on both ends."

A guy who was momentarily left behind after shootaround in the morning started things off for the Jazz.

Good thing the bus returned a moment after it became evident the Jazz’s new $49 million man wasn’t on board.

Derrick Favors who inked that contract extension this past weekend had his strongest start of the preseason and his best overall game.

The 6-foot-10 big man elicited a loud “Ooooh!” from the Clipper crowd when he scored the Jazz’s first points on a strong stuff.

"If you get an easy basket like that" Favors said "it kind of gets you going."

Favors then showed more of his improving offensive skills hitting from inside and draining a jumper for eight points in the first quarter as Utah jumped ahead 23-21.

Favors led the Jazz with a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds. Along with playing like a man child down low the 22-year-old also had his mid-range jumper going — a combination that will prove to be brutally hard for defenders to deal with if he can find consistency.

"It felt good to just break out of that slump that I was in" Favors said. "Just get into a rhythm play may game just finally see shots go in that I normally make."