Being a bright spot in a 22-point blowout loss is not an easy task.

But Jazz rookie forward Derrick Favors accomplished the feat Monday, scoring a career-high 16 points in Utah's 131-109 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Favors was 6 of 11 from the field, while knocking down all four of his free throws and pulling down eight rebounds, including four offensive boards.

He also fouled out with 2 minutes, 46 seconds to go as the Knicks' reserves were clocking garbage time during a heavily lopsided game.

But the 19-year-old No. 3 selection of the 2010 NBA Draft continued to make a strong first impression, aggressively putting up shots and playing with a smoothness that outshined his age.

"He's coming along," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Yes, maybe

Jazz center Mehmet Okur said there is a chance he could return to action during Utah's four-game road trip.

Okur worked up a hard sweat during pregame warm-ups. But just because he is traveling with the team and participating in practice sessions does not mean that a green light is imminent.