NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, January 14th
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (9-27) at Boston Celtics (19-17), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics are currently one of the hottest teams
in the Eastern Conference and target their sixth win in a row Monday night
versus the Charlotte Bobcats in the continuation of a five-game homestand.
The Celtics won their third straight at home and improved to 2-0 on the
residency with Friday's 103-91 victory over James Harden and the Houston
Rockets at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led the way with 23 points and Kevin Garnett
added 17 points and eight rebounds.
Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger each netted 14 points off the bench for the
Celtics, who are 12-6 in Beantown this season.
"Well we picked up the defense," Pierce said. "I thought we came out there and
got stops, executed our offense and were able to push the lead back to double
Boston will also host New Orleans and Chicago on the homestand.
Garnett is 14 points shy of passing Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 16th on the
NBA's all-time scoring list.
Charlotte hopes to close out its three-game road trip on a high note and was
handed a 96-88 loss by the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
Ben Gordon scored a game-high 21 points and Kemba Walker was busy with 16
points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks for the
Bobcats, who have dropped three in a row and four of five games. The Bobcats
are 4-13 on the road and 9-27 overall.
"We got off to a good start," said Gordon. "But now we have to work on
The Bobcats shot a decent 46.2 percent, but were outrebounded, 48-38.
Charlotte and Boston are meeting for the first time this season, and the
Celtics won all three matchups in 2011-12. The Celtics are 12-3 in the past 15
encounters with Charlotte and 21-7 overall in this series.
Boston has won 11 of the 14 contests held in Beantown.
01/14 10:30:32 ET