NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 25th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (8-36) at Boston Celtics (33-10), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics hope to avoid losing to another Eastern Conference cellar dweller when they entertain the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight from TD Garden.
Boston was aiming for its sixth straight win and dropped an 85-83 decision in Washington Saturday night. Kevin Garnett scored 17 points and Paul Pierce ended with 12 and eight rebounds in defeat. Pierce had a chance to win the game, but missed a jumper with less than two seconds remaining.
Ray Allen finished with 16 points and five boards, while Rajon Rondo contributed 13 points and nine assists for the Celtics, who played without center Shaquille O'Neal after he injured his right leg and hip in Friday's win over Utah. The Celtics also blew a 16-point lead.
"When we had them down we should have extended the lead, but we didn't," Garnett said. "We'll learn from this."
O'Neal is expected to miss Tuesday's game. The Celtics will try to extend their home winning streak to six games tonight and are 21-3 in Beantown this season. Meanwhile, Allen is closing in on Reggie Miller's three-point record of 2,560 from downtown. The sharp-shooting Allen has buried 2,527 three- pointers so far in his career.
After hosting the Wizards, Boston will begin a four-game trip out west against the Blazers, Suns, Lakers and Kings.
Cleveland will close out a three-game road trip tonight and has lost a season- high 17 straight games, including Monday's 103-101 loss in New Jersey. Brook Lopez hit a turnaround jumper with 1.4 seconds remaining to lead the Nets.
Antawn Jamison had a team-high 26 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who have dropped 17 in a row for the first time since a franchise-worst 19-game losing streak to close out the 1981-82 campaign. The Cavs tied a team record for 21 straight road losses and own an abysmal 3-22 ledger as the guest.
"Losing period is tough," Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott said. "I don't know if it's that much tougher if it's one or two points for if it's 15 or 20 points. It's tough no matter how you look at it."
Daniel Gibson had 19 points, Ramon Sessions contributed 16 and Joey Graham netted 14 in a losing cause. Cleveland hasn't tasted victory since beating New York in overtime on Dec. 18. The Cavs' last win away from Quicken Loans Arena was on Nov. 9 versus New Jersey.
The Cavs and Celtics have split two matchups this season -- both in the Forest City. Cleveland has dropped 18 of its last 23 trips to TD Garden.
01/25 11:09:49 ET