Gordon Hayward is the most important player on a Utah team that was a trendy pick to make a run in the Western Conference this season. Jazz fans have to be encouraged by their impending free agent after he made his season debut on Sunday. Here's an NBA roundup for Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Utah Jazz 114, New York Knicks 109

Hayward had broken a right finger during training camp, delaying the start of his season until Sunday. Finally getting to suit up for the Jazz, he scored 28 points in the win. His return did create an unusual situation for shooting guard Joe Johnson, though, who came off the bench for the first time since 2003.

Portland Trail Blazers 100, Memphis Grizzlies 94

Portland guard C.J. McCollum scored 16 points in the fourth quarter and matched a career-high with 37 points in the win. Damian Lillard had 19 points of his own, which was actually his lowest total of the season. Chandler Parsons made his Memphis debut and started, but failed to score his first point as a member of the Grizzlies.

Sacramento Kings 96, Toronto Raptors 91

DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds, enough for the win and a place as the all-time leader for double-doubles in Sacremtno Kings history. After missing the prior game, Rudy Gay came back on Sunday to score 23 points against the Raptors, who were without an injured Jonas Valanciunas, who is day-to-day.

Dallas Mavericks 86, Milwaukee Bucks 75 (OT)

Seeing a team score just 75 points with an overtime period is shocking, but that's what happens when the only overtime point for the Bucks was a free throw. The win was the first of the season for Dallas, making them the third-to-last team to pick up that elusive first victory; Philadelphia and New Orleans are still winless.

Denver Nuggets 123, Boston Celtics 107

Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay went off in the first quarter, scoring 24 points (one more than the entire Celtics roster). He was quiet for the rest of the game, but it was enough, as the Nuggets coasted to a 123-107 victory. The Celtics were without both Jae Crowder and Al Horford on Sunday.

Los Angeles Lakers 119, Phoenix Suns 108

Devin Booker set a new career-high with 39 points on Sunday, but it wasn't enough against the Lakers, who are playing with newfound tenacity and speed. Excluding their win to open the season, this is the first time Los Angeles has had a record above .500 since December 6, 2013.

In the news

The New Orleans Pelicans plan on cutting Lance Stephenson to make room to sign Archie Goodwin. LeBron James introduced Hillary Clinton at an Ohio rally -- Election Day is tomorrow. Two ESPN reporters were denied access to the Dallas Mavericks game on Sunday.

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