CHICAGO -- Even Russell Westbrook was impressed with the passing by Oklahoma City's big men.
Westbrook flirted with another triple-double and Steven Adams led a dominant effort in the paint, helping the Thunder pull away from the Chicago Bulls for an easy 109-94 victory Monday night.
Westbrook had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, falling just short of his 18th triple-double of the season. But his all-around performance is practically a sure thing these days.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns dominated at the start, Ricky Rubio took over in the end and it added up to a big win for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Towns had 34 points and 11 rebounds, Rubio added 13 points and a season-high 15 assists, and the Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak with a 101-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
"The team was struggling lately and everybody had to do a better job in the fourth quarter, and I think we did today," said Rubio, whose team has lost 12 games after leading by double digits this season, including a two-point home defeat against Utah on Saturday. "We've been doing a pretty good job for three quarters all season, but the fourth quarter is just different. It's when you win games."
NEW YORK -- Anthony Davis dominated the Knicks until they finally knocked him out of the game with a hard foul.
New York was more concerned with Derrick Rose than Davis.
Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the Knicks, who started the game without Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For Stephen Curry's own standards, he acknowledges his shooting statistics this season haven't been to his liking.
But the Golden State Warriors' franchise point guard told ESPN he took exception to some of the criticisms he has received, and added that there has been a healthy dose of overreaction.
"Yeah, I heard the words 'slump' and 'down year' and all sorts of other ways to describe something that wasn't really a problem for me," Curry told ESPN. "I obviously hold myself to the highest standard. Still, at this point, I'm not at the numbers I was last year, but I'm not worried about that because it's a different year. Every shot I take, I have confidence I'm going to make it, and over the course of the season, I expect that to show itself as we go along."
The Atlanta Hawks have abruptly decided to halt their attempts to trade All-Star forward Paul Millsap, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that the Hawks, after signaling to a number of teams that they were ready to trade Millsap and fellow pending free agents Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha, made it known Monday that they are pulling back after completing a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Korver.
The fact that Atlanta has managed to put together a season-high-tying winning streak of six games in the midst of all the recent trade speculation has likely contributed to the Hawks' sudden reluctance to talk trades. Yet it remains to be seen, with the NBA's annual trade deadline on Feb. 23 still 45 days away, whether the Hawks will hold firm with their new stance on Millsap or decide once again to reconsider their trade options.
Exum's stint in the D-League lasted just one practice as he was recalled later in the day.
The 21-year-old, who has seen limited playing time of late, practiced with Salt Lake City Stars on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).
Exum, who was taken by the Jazz at pick No. 5 in the 2014 draft, has averaged 6.3 points from 29 games in his comeback season from more than a year out with a knee injury.
Games will be held in Shenzhen and Shanghai in October.
The news was first reported by Chinese outlet Lanxiong Sports.
"I'm very excited to have the team going there and play," Taylor said during halftime of Monday's Wolves-Mavericks game. "Knowing that we are going to play against the Warriors, it's going to be a lot of fun."