SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and the Utah Jazz bullied the New York Knicks from start to finish in a 106-85 victory Wednesday night.
Hayward was aggressive from the opening tip and shot 9 for 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds and five assists.
The Jazz led 70-37 early in the third quarter for their largest lead in any game this season.
Hayward and Derrick Favors combined to score 15 of Utah's first 18 points as the Jazz sprinted out to an 18-4 lead. The game was never competitive afterward.
Favors finished with 20 and eight rebounds.
The 21-point loss is the worst of the season for New York.
The Jazz improved to 3-1 on the second night of back-to-back games.
Knicks: Guard Langston Galloway celebrated his 24th birthday. ... New York was outscored 42-28 in the paint. ... The Knicks' lone lead came at 2-0. ... It was the opener of a three-game road trip.
Jazz: Rookie Trey Lyles started his third consecutive game. He had a career-high 10 rebounds. ... Trey Burke had 15 points and five assists. ... Rodney Hood hit just 2 of 7 shots. He was ejected late after shouldering Sasha Vujacic on a breakaway layup. ... Hall of Fame Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was hired on Dec. 9, 1988.
SHARING IS CARING
The Jazz had 17 first-half assists. They had fewer than 17 in seven entire games this season. Utah finished with 26, the second-most this season.
The Jazz have struggled defensively since center Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury. There were concerns about the Knicks with their two starting 7-footers after the Jazz allowed 58 points in the paint to the Kings on Tuesday. However, the Knicks' 35 points were the second-fewest the Jazz have allowed in the first half and the third fewest in any half this season.
Knicks: Visit Sacramento on Thursday.
Utah: Host Oklahoma City on Friday.