SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Los Angeles Lakers at Houston (8:30 p.m. EST). The Lakers (30-6) are the only Western Conference team with 30 wins.

STARS
Monday
-Mehmet Okur, Jazz, had a career-high 43 points and Utah defeated Indiana 120-113.
-Paul Pierce, Celtics, scored nine of his season-high 39 points in overtime in Boston's 115-109 win over Toronto.
-Travis Outlaw, Trail Blazers, had a season-high 33 points to help Portland beat Chicago 109-95.
-Brook Lopez, Nets, scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in New Jersey's 103-99 overtime win over Oklahoma City.

CHOKERS' DOZEN
Washington lost for the 12th time this season after leading in the fourth quarter, coughing up a five-point edge to lose 97-91 to Milwaukee on Monday night.

BOGUT'S ADVENTURE
Center Andrew Bogut returned to Milwaukee's starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 2, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Bucks' 97-91 victory over Washington. After back spasms sidelined Bogut for four games, he returned to action as a reserve against Minnesota on Saturday.

STREAKING
New York ended a three-game losing streak by beating New Orleans 101-95. ... The Wizards have dropped five straight, four of those against teams under .500. ... The Celtics are 4-0 this season against the Raptors.

EXTRA SPECIAL
Boston set a club record with 22 points in overtime, breaking the mark set on Jan. 2, 1963, when it outscored the San Francisco Warriors 21-6 in a 135-120 win. ... The Nets improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 at home in overtime games.

SPEAKING
``Don't you get the feeling like we've seen this movie before? We're like a writer with writer's block. We can get the first couple of chapters written fairly efficiently and fairly well, but getting to the ending - we just can't seem to write the correct ending.'' - Washington interim coach Ed Tapscott after the Wizards lost for the 12th time this season when they had a fourth-quarter lead with Monday's 97-91 setback against Milwaukee.

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