west vs. east ...

• Ten Western Conference teams had

a record of at least .500.

• Three Eastern Conference teams had

records of at least .500.

• Western teams are 67-31 against the East.

• The Timberwolves at 9-11 (.450) rank 13th in the West.

• The Timberwolves would be tied for seventh in the East — a playoff team.

... and the notably bad

Ø Detroit

• The Pistons are under .500 (9-10), but that's the fourth-best record in the East.

Ø Brooklyn

• The Brooklyn Nets are paying an $80 million luxury tax fine for a 6-14 record.

Ø New York

• The New York Knicks expected to be a playoff team, but in the East even 5-14 leaves them in contention.

*Records entering Monday's action