NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 14th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (4-3) at Boston Celtics (6-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics try to stay unbeaten when they welcome Atlantic Division-rival New Jersey this evening to TD Banknorth Garden.
Boston is 6-0 on the young 2007-08 campaign and remained the NBA's only undefeated team after Tuesday's 101-86 victory over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Paul Pierce poured in a season-high 31 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 11 boards for the Celtics, who have won six straight to start a season for the first time since 1987-88. Ray Allen contributed 17 points in the win.
The Celtics, who didn't win their sixth game last year until December 9, are trying to match the best start in franchise history set by the 1957-58 squad. Boston won the first 14 games of that season.
Boston got forwards James Posey and Brian Scalabrine back in Tuesday's win over Indiana. Posey was hampered with back spasms and Scalabrine was recovering from a concussion.
New Jersey has lost two in a row after a three-game winning streak and suffered an 84-82 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday in the finale of a four-game homestand at the Izod Center. Chris Paul's runner with 2.6 seconds remaining lifted the Hornets to victory.
Richard Jefferson had a game-high 32 points, but went scoreless in the fourth quarter for the Nets, who failed to hold on to an 11-point lead with less than five minutes to go in the game. Jason Kidd added 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for New Jersey, which played without star guard Vince Carter.
Carter is out indefinitely after suffering a right ankle sprain during Saturday's 112-101 loss to the Celtics at the Izod Center.
Boston has won two straight and three of the last four matchups with the Nets, who have won the last three encounters in Beantown.
11/14 10:47:21 ET