NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Boston
(Friday, December 12th)
Final Score: Boston 94, New Orleans 82
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored 28 points and the Celtics beat the New Orleans Hornets, 94-82, to win their 14th in a row and continue the best start in franchise history.
Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which moved to 22-2 on the season with the only defeats coming November 1 at Indiana and November 14 at home against Denver.
"I didn't even know about the streak. I haven't even thought about our record," said Garnett. "We're preparing for teams individually. That's what we say every night. That's what we do."
The 14-game surge ties for the fourth-longest winning streak in Celtics history. They last won 14 straight games during the 1985-86 championship season, and the longest victory string in team history is 18, set in the 1981-82 campaign.
Rajon Rondo scored 10 and Kendrick Perkins chipped in nine points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who limited the Hornets to 35.4 percent shooting from the field. That included a 2-of-14 mark from three-point range.
Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists, and David West totaled 23 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks for New Orleans, which lost for the second time in nine games.
"There were stretches where we just couldn't make shots, but there were other stretches where we were aggressive," said West. "We just had a bad third quarter. We lacked effort."
Boston used a 21-8 run in the third quarter to take a 60-50 lead. Leon Powe's tip shot ended the rally and Boston carried a 69-64 edge going to the fourth.
The Celtics continued to pull away, with Pierce's two free throws extending the advantage to 79-67 with under nine minutes left.
New Orleans made one last push, getting within 89-82 on a Paul three-point play with nearly 2 1/2 minutes remaining, but Rondo countered with a pair from the charity stripe. Ray Allen then lofted a pass to Garnett for a thunderous one-handed alley-oop jam to ice another Boston triumph.
The Hornets started quickly, surging to an 18-10 lead, but Boston came back and tied the game at 21 at the end of the first on Pierce's shot from the foul line.
The teams continued to play back-and-forth until the half, with New Orleans holding a 40-39 edge.
Hornets center Tyson Chandler missed the game due to a neck injury...Paul had three steals and has now recorded at least one theft in 103 consecutive games. He is two games behind Alvin Robertson's record of 105...Before the game, the Celtics held a ceremony to honor New Orleans forward James Posey with the championship ring he won with Boston last season.
12/12 23:54:27 ET