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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Valentine believes that now that the Bulls aired out their differences, and the trade deadline has passed, they are in a much better place as a group. "I think it's a lot of unnecessary stuff that we got out of the way," he said. "All the trade rumors and all that stuff. It may not have a big effect, but it kind of does on people. And all that's done. We're cool with who we have, and we're just competing and playing."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine, on the big team meeting the Bulls had in the wake of the Wade/Butler/Rondo comments: "It needed to happen," Valentine said after Tuesday's shootaround. "Every team goes through adversity, but everybody knew about our adversity. There's a lot of teams that, that kind of stuff happens but you don't know about it because it's behind closed doors. Ours was just out there so everybody knew about it. But that stuff happens all the time with teams, even around Michigan State, when we were successful, the same stuff happened. That needed to happen. Guys needed to voice their opinion, get their feelings out, vent out. And I think since then everybody's bought in, we've been progressing. We might have lost a game here and there but I think we've been progressing for the most part."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets make it official and assigned guard Isaiah Taylor to their D-League team in Rio Grande Valley. In 13 games Taylor is averaging 20.6 points per game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ex-Knicks coach Larry Brown echoing the thoughts of others around the NBA (agents/front office people) when talking about Knicks president Phil Jackson: "I can't figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how to coach.. if he wants to do the triangle then coach" Brown said on Sirius XM NBA.

ESPN Stats and Information  

James Harden averaged 30.9 points and 10.4 assists this month, the 3rd NBA player in the last 40 years to average 30+ points and 10+ assists per game in a calendar month (min. 4 games played), according to Elias. LeBron James in Feb. 2010 and Russell Westbrook in Feb. and Mar. 2015 are the others.

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ICYMI: Patrick Patterson fell over backward ... and still stole the ball from Derrick Rose.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of the NBA: underdogs are 6-0 against the spread so far tonight. The Pacers just beat the Rockets 117-108 as 10-point road underdogs and +450 on the money line while the Hawks (+165 vs. the Celtics) and Mavericks (even money vs. the Heat) also pulled outright upsets. The underdog Knicks (+3.5 vs. the Raptors), Bucks (+9.5 vs. the Cavaliers) and 76ers (+14 vs. the Warriors) lost their games but still covered the spread. In the last game of the night, the Timberwolves (-4 vs. the Kings) look like they'll be the only favorites to cover as they lead by 17 points with under 6:31 to play.

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Rockets have scored at least 100 points in 47 straight games, tying the franchise record set by the San Diego Rockets in 1969-70