There were seven matches in the NBA on Monday night with Toronto beating Milwaukee 116-94, Houston beating Boston 104-92, New York downing Phoenix 98-96 in overtime, Washington beating Chicago 102-88, San Antonio downing New Orleans 101-95, Dallas thumping Orlando 107-88 and Utah beating Denver 118-103.
Toronto continued its outstanding form although Monday night's win only came over the NBA's worst team Milwaukee.
The Raptors still put on a thumping 22-point win, though, to have now won eight of their last 10 games to sit on a 19-17 record and be well and truly on target for a playoff appearance in the poor eastern conference.
Point guard Kyle Lowry led the way for Toronto against the Bucks with 23 points and five assists with DeMar DeRozan adding 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Patrick Patterson also scored 18 points and pulled in four rebounds off the bench for the Raptors with Jonas Valanciunas scoring 17 points and gathering in 10 rebounds.
Ersan Ilyasova had a big night for Milwaukee with 29 points and nine rebounds with Brandon Knight adding 16 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo 11.
Houston continued Boston's poor form with the Rockets cruising to a 12-point win on the road to send the Celtics to a ninth straight defeat to be their worst losing run since dropping 18 on the trot during the 2006/07 season.
Centre Dwight Howard was the star of the night for the Rockets with 32 points and 11 rebounds with James Harden adding 16 points and seven rebounds.
Point guard Jeremy Lin also had 16 points and nine assists while Terrence Jones added 12 points and 12 boards, Chandler Parsons 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Omri Casspi 12 points off the bench.
Avery Bradley did all he could for the Celtics with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals with Jerryd Bayless scoring 17 points, Brandon Bass 14 and Jordan Crawford 13 to go with five assists.
The Knicks continued their best run of form for the season winning their sixth game in seven matches to improve to a 15-22 record with a thrilling two-point overtime win over Phoenix at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for New York finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds and four assists with Raymond Felton contributing 19 points.
JR Smith added 10 points off the bench with Andrea Bargnani also adding 10 points and seven rebounds.
Goran Dragic again worked hard for the Suns in the continued absence of Eric Bledsoe due to a knee injury. Dragic finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Phoenix with Leandro Barbosa returning with over 30 minutes of court time and 21 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Miles Plumlee contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots with Marcus Morris scoring 12 points off the bench.
Washington and Chicago might only be sitting on a below par 17-19 records on the season so far, but that is enough for the two to be tied for fifth position in the eastern conference standings.
The Wizards scored a 14-point in Chicago over the Bulls on Monday night with point guard John Wall leading the way with 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Nene moved into the starting line-up and finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists for Washington with Trevor Ariza also scoring 16 points, Bradley Beal 13, Martell Webster 12 and Garrett Temple 10.
Carlos Boozer top-scored for Chicago with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Jimmy Butler added 12 points with Tony Snell also contribution 12 points and Mike Dunleavy 10.
San Antonio became the first NBA team to 30 wins this season to remain on top of the western conference standings with a six-point win at home over a New Orleans team that has now lost six straight matches.
Point guard Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 27 points and seven assists while Tim Duncan added 18 points and nine rebounds.
Manu Ginobili moved into the starting line-up and finished with 14 points while Kawhi Leonard added 13 points and Marco Belinelli 12.
Australian guard Patty Mills played almost 12 minutes and didn't score but did have a rebound and an assist while big man Aron Baynes played almost nine minutes for two points, five rebounds and an assist.
Anthony Davis top-scored for the struggling Pelicans with 22 points and 11 rebounds with point guard Brian Roberts adding 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Eric Gordon also scored 12 points and Austin Rivers 11.
Dallas improved to a 23-16 record on the season to move two games clear of Phoenix in seventh place in the western conference standings after thumping Orlando at home by 19 points on Monday night.
Monta Ellis led the way for the Mavericks with 21 points while Vince Carter added 17 points off the bench.
Dirk Nowitzki also had 15 points and five rebounds for the Mavs with Jae Crowder scoring 14 points, Jose Calderon 13 and Wayne Ellington 12.
The Magic have now lost four straight matches by an average of over 20 points since centre Nikola Vucevic went down with a concussion.
Against Dallas, point guard Jameer Nelson top-scored with 21 points and seven assists with Glen Davis contributing 19 points, Maurice Harkless 13, Victor Oladipo 11 and Tobias Harris 10.
Denver continued its hot-scoring form with over 100 points again on Monday night but the Nuggets' five-game winning streak came to an end in Utah with the Jazz recording a 15-point victory.
Alec Burks led the way for Utah with a career-best 34 points and five assists on the back of shooting 13-of-19 from the field.
Centre Derrick Favors added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz with point guard Trey Burke contributing 18 points and eight assists, Richard Jefferson 16 points and Enes Kanter 11 off the bench.
Point guard Ty Lawson top-scored for the Nuggets with 23 points and 11 assists with JJ Hickson adding 21 points and 10 rebounds while Evan Fournier scored 16 points off the bench.
NBA Results Monday January 13
Milwaukee Bucks (7-30) 94 lost to Toronto Raptors (19-17) 116
Houston Rockets (25-14) 104 defeated Boston Celtics (13-26) 92
Phoenix Suns (21-16) 96 lost to New York Knicks (15-22) 98
Washington Wizards (17-19) 102 defeated Chicago Bulls (17-19) 88
San Antonio Spurs (30-8) 101 defeated New Orleans Pelicans (15-22) 95
Orlando Magic (10-28) 88 lost to Dallas Mavericks (23-16) 107
Denver Nuggets (19-18) 103 lost to Utah Jazz (13-26) 118