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Jazz (4-3) 114, Knicks (2-4) 109

The Utah Jazz overcame an early 13-point deficit to condemn the Knicks to their fourth defeat, as Gordon Hayward made an early return from the injury that was set to keep him out until December.

Hayward struggled with his shooting from the field (6-17) but was a pure 100% (14-14) from the free throw line as he finished with 28 on his season debut. George Hill had 23 and Rudy Gobert (13p/8r/3b) produced some big plays at the end to see of the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony (60% FG%) and Kristaps Porzingis (10-18 FG) had 28 points a piece but New York fell apart at the start of the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose had 18 points and 8 assists.

Trail Blazers (4-3) 100, Grizzlies (3-4) 94

CJ McCollum was at his very best as he shot a season-high to lead the Trail Blazers to a strong victory over their Western Conference rivals.

The 2016 Most Improved Player ended with 37 points (13-23 FG) at FedExForum and was supported by Damian Lillard, who struggled from the field (27%) but dropped 11 from the line for his 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.

Chandler Parsons, the $94 million man, had a debut to forget for the Grizzlies. In 21 minutes he had 0 points, 3 rebounds and 2 turnovers - shooting 0-8 from the field. Marc Gasol scored 21 and Mike Conley 14.

Kings (3-5) 96, Raptors (4-2) 91

DeMarcus Cousins exposed the Toronto Raptors' weakness without Jonas Valanciunas - missing with a left knee contusion - as DeMar DeRozan missed the chance to become the first player since Michael Jordan to score 30 points in the first six games of a season.

Boogie shot just 33% on the night but ended with a stat line of 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Rudy Gay led the Kings in scoring with 23.

DeRozan scored 23 in his first sub-30 game of the season. The Compton native was 35% from the field. Kyle Lowry was 31% for his 15 but produced 10 dimes for his teammates. Pascal Siakam (10) was the only other player in double figures.

Bucks (4-3) 75, Mavericks (1-5) 86

This is the Harrison Barnes the Dallas Mavericks hoped to see when they signed him to a max contract in the summer. The former Golden State man inspired the Mavs to a first win of the season during this overtime encounter with Milwaukee.

Barnes dropped a career-high 34 in the absence of Dirk Nowitzki, who sat out with an Achilles problem, shooting 50% on his 26 attempts. Andrew Bogut had a big night on the glass, winning 16 rebounds. J.J. Barea scored 21.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed a chance to win the game for the Bucks in regulation, scored 11 (4-12 FG). Jabari Parker dropped 16 (50%) and Greg Monroe had a double-double (14p/12r).

Nuggets (3-3) 123, Celtics (3-3) 107

Without Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder, the Boston Celtics could not hold a Denver Nuggets team inspired by Emmanuel Mudiay, who outscored the home team on his own in the first quarter.

The sophomore point guard was in top form as he tied his career-high 30 points (61% FG%) at TD Garden. Wilson Chandler had 22 points, Danilo Gallinari 16, and Kenneth Faried had a double-double (12p/11r).

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 30 points (53% FG%) with Avery Bradley grabbing a 14 point, 11 rebound double-double. But the Celtics couldn't live with the young Nuggets on a night where they missed some key players.

Suns (2-5) 108, Lakers (4-3) 119

Nick Young capped his incredible turnaround with the L.A. Lakers at Staples Center last night. After being on the trade block at the end of last season, the shooting guard has found a new lease of life under Luke Walton.

'Uncle P' was 3-7 from three for his 22 points as the Lakers moved above .500 with their third straight win. Jordan Clarkson scored 18, Lou Williams had his usual productive night off the bench with 14. Julius Randle had 18.

Devin Booker's 39 points (13-29 FG) were not enough for Phoenix. Eric Bledsoe had 19 for the visitors while TJ Warren dropped 22 on 45% from the field.

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