New Zealand centre Steven Adams has turned in another solid performance, this time for a winning return as his Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Chicago Bulls 101-69.

The big Kiwi put together a strong all-round game in nailing 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists while also picking up a steal and a block.

Oklahoma led every quarter, with the win set up by a dominant second spell which they won 24-8.

Carmelo Anthony (21) and Paul George (20) shared top-scoring honours.

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On Saturday, Adams went close to a career-high NBA scoring return as the Thunder sunk to a 119-116 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adams scored 20 points, falling narrowly short of surpassing the tallies of big- name team-mates Russell Westbrook (27), George and Carmelo (both 23).

Adams' highest NBA return was 24 against the Houston Rockets just over a year ago.

- NZN