Three things we learned about New York from their 114-109 loss to the Jazz

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The New York Knicks couldn't capitalise on a strong start at Madison Square Garden as they moved to 2-4 for the season with a home defeat to the Utah Jazz. 

Gordon Hayward put in a strong performance on his injury return and the Western Conference team held their nerve late on when the Knicks threatened to mount a comeback.

Having been highly impressive in the opening exchanges, there was a lot to take away from this game for the home team. So, here are three things we learned, new or old, from the Jazz's 114-109 win in the Big Apple. 

When it's good, it's very good

The Knicks got off to a flying start and opened up a 13-point lead early. They were sharing the ball - Derrick Rose continued his passing form from the win in Chicago - and Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony were piling on the points. 

For all the talk of 'super teams' throughout the summer, they looked pretty super in the opening quarter. With 26 points on the board at one point, Porzingis and Melo had contributed 24. 

Brandon Jennings' passing was spreading the floor in the rotation and made the bench look better than in previous outings. However, for all their good work in the opening exchanges, they allowed Utah back into the game. 

The bench is an issue

Anthony and Porzingis were the big scorers during the game, and that will be the case throughout the campaign. They ended the encounter with 28 apiece. Rose, Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah did their jobs and the Knicks' starting five looked solid.

However, their depth caused problems. The rotation deployed by Jeff Hornacek saw the game slip away from them and the final nail in the coffin was the 0-7 run that transpired as the Knicks started the fourth quarter with five bench players. 

Their bench problems have been a common occurrence this season and could really hold the team back in their attempts to reach the playoffs. 

Porzingis is vital

After a huge rookie season, one of the talking points of pre-season was how the Latvian would fit into the offence following New York's roster additions. The center showed his best against the Bulls, coming off a three-point night in the loss to the Houston Rockets, and continued to prove his value against the Jazz. 

26 points off 56% shooting, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks were the numbers for the 21-year-old and the Knicks were at their best early when the offence was running through the sophomore and Melo. 

However, it's difficult to build around a player when he is consistently getting into foul trouble early in the game. 

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