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Published: Mon, November 07, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Hayward scores 28 in season debut, leads Jazz over Knicks

Hayward scores 28 in season debut, leads Jazz over Knicks

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward will make his season debut today against the New York Knicks, according to Utah coach Quin Snyder. He has increased his points per game every season he has played in the National Basketball Association, and the Jazz are hoping he makes another jump this season.

The Jazz have been able to keep the ship afloat without Hayward, going 3-3 the first six games of the season.

Rodney Hood added 18 points for the Jazz, who have won three of four. Perhaps the most interesting matchup of the game comes in the middle as Knick center Joakim Noah faces Rudy Gobert, the Jazz defensive leader who recently re-signed a contract for 4 years at almost $100 million over it's course.

Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks (2-4) while Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds for NY.

The Knicks are coming off a 117-104 win over the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, and with 2 former Bulls in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in the NY starting line-up, the Knicks are hoping they can build off that win.

The Jazz reeled off nine straight points to begin the fourth quarter for an 87-80 and never trailed again. Derrick Rose also managed to turn the clock back, scoring 18 points, dishing out eight assists and inciting chants from the crowd at the Garden.

Hayward scored 10 in the second quarter as the Jazz closed to 54-49 at halftime. It was a disappointing showing by NY, which led by double-digits and even held a slight lead entering the fourth quarter before suffering a collapse. Joe Johnson added 10 points.

Key reserve forward/center Boris Diaw is expected to be sidelined two weeks with a leg contusion. ABOUT THE KNICKS (2-3): Rose and Noah absorbed the bulk of the spotlight in their return to Chicago but two other players enjoyed their best games of the season as well in power forward Kristaps Porzingis and shooting guard Courtney Lee. Luckily, the Knicks no longer have JR Smith on the team, who literally would be hungover for matinee games, which is just so insane and yet, hey, the guy has a championship ring, so I guess it all balances out. "He knows exactly what he's doing out there in pick-and-rolls, where to get his shots, when to take the big shots.".

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