He was facing last year's MVP James Harden on Wednesday and impressed with his performance in Houston.
Joel Embiid had 35 points and 14 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers went down 123-106 at the Washington Wizards. A night after hitting more than half of its 31 attempts from beyond the arc, Philadelphia shot 8 of 27 from 3-point range, going 3 of 20 in the first three quarters. They had won seven of eight.
New Orleans rookie Frank Jackson had 19 points to set a season high for a second straight game off the bench. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and eight rebounds, Aaron Gordon registered 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrence Ross had 13 points.
Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 21 points.
Mike Conley scored 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting as the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 96-86.
Milwaukee handed the Rockets a 116-109 loss, snapping their 10-game home winning streak. LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills had 13 points each for San Antonio.
Joe Ingles had 16 points and seven assists for Utah, which dominated the final 20-plus minutes. Scoring leader Devin Booker missed the Kings game and was out again in Dallas with back spasms.
Donovan Mitchell finished with 33 points and seven assists and Utah rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit en route to putting away Orlando in Salt Lake City. The Magic ended a six-game trip with four straight losses.
Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers - who were without injured superstar LeBron James - to a 113-100 win over the Detroit Pistons. Blake Griffin had 16 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have lost 15 of their past 19 games.
In the late games, the Bulls travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers, while the Pistons head West for a matchup with the Lakers.
Wendell Carter Jr. had 22 points to lead the Bulls in the first of a five-game road trip.
D'Angelo Russell scored 23 points as host Brooklyn staged its largest comeback of the season and defeated Atlanta for its 13th win in its last 17 games.