NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 29th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (12-4) at Miami Heat (9-6), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics will take their recent success to the road, as they open a four-game trek tonight against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat from AmericanAirlines Arena.
Boston has won three in a row and is coming off a 116-103 triumph versus the Toronto Raptors on Friday at TD Garden. Ray Allen netted 20 points and Paul Pierce ended with 18 points and seven assists for the Atlantic Division- leading Celtics, who got 18 points and five rebounds from Kendrick Perkins.
"You know, I thought we let our guard down a little bit there in that one stretch in the fourth quarter. But I thought the starters in the third quarter set the tone. It's a great response and way to come out. You know, what we're trying to show them is when you got stops, then we would score a lot and we did that," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers.
Rasheed Wallace ended with 15 points off the bench, Rajon Rondo chipped in 12 points and 11 assists and Kevin Garnett had 12 points and seven rebounds in a winning cause. Boston is 5-1 as the visitor this season and will also play the Bobcats, Spurs and Thunder on the road trip.
Allen (personal) is listed as probable for today.
Miami had its brief two-game winning streak come to an end with Friday's 94-84 home loss versus the Washington Wizards. Mario Chalmers led the way with 20 points and Jermaine O'Neal notched 19 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.
"We just came out today like we didn't want to play," said Heat forward Michael Beasley, who had 14 points and seven boards. "We came out and played like it was still Thanksgiving, like we were home. They came like they wanted it and brought every weapon."
Wade was held to 18 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Miami is 6-4 in south Florida this season.
The Celtics went 3-1 against the Heat last season and have won eight of the last nine matchups between the teams. These two clubs have split the last 12 meetings at AmericanAirlines Arena.
11/29 11:00:29 ET