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Hayward's return sparks Jazz

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who finishes with a team-high 28 points, drives past Knicks guard Derrick Rose during the second half. Hayward makes his season debut after breaking his right ring finger during training camp.

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Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who finishes with a team-high 28 points, drives past Knicks guard Derrick Rose during the second half. Hayward makes his season debut after breaking his right ring finger during training camp.

NEW YORK — Gordon Hayward quickly regained his scoring touch, especially from the free-throw line.

Hayward made all 14 of his free throws and finished with 28 points in his season debut, leading the Jazz over the 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.

"I think any time you add a player of his caliber, everybody gets to do what they're good at a little easier," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Hayward was 6-of-17 from the field, including 2-of-8 on 3s.

"I think … we can be better than we were last year," he said. "That's kind of been our mind-set. We wanted to close out more games than last year. We had a big one (Sunday)) that we closed out."

George Hill had 23 points and nine assists for the Jazz, which has won three of four.

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

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: CJ McCollum matched his career high with 37 points, scoring 16 in the fourth to help the visiting Blazers beat the Grizzlies 100-94. Former Gator Chandler Parsons, making his first start for Memphis since his offseason signing and recovery from right knee surgery, got off to a slow start, missing all eight of his shots. … Harrison Barnes, who left Golden State to sign a $94 million, four-year deal with Dallas in the offseason, scored a career-high 34 as the host Mavericks won for the first time this season, 86-75 in overtime over the Bucks. … Emmanuel Mudiay scored 24 of his season-high 30 in the first quarter, helping the visiting Nuggets to a 123-107 win over the injury-depleted Celtics, who were missing starters Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle) and Al Horford (concussion protocol).

Hayward's return sparks Jazz 11/06/16 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:06pm]
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