Hayward scores 28 in season debut, leads Jazz over Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 6: Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz shakes hands with his teammates during the game against the Utah Jazz on November 6, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) Gordon Hayward scored 28 points in his season debut, George Hill had 23 points and nine assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks 114-109 Sunday.

Hayward had been sidelined since breaking his right ring finger in training camp. He led the team in scoring last season, averaging nearly 20 points per game.

Rodney Hood added 18 points for the Jazz, who have won three of four. Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each had 13.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 28 for the Knicks, who have lost three of four. Derrick Rose added 18.

The Jazz reeled off nine straight points to begin the fourth quarter for an 87-80 and never trailed again.