NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 29th (All times eastern)
Boston Celtics (34-8) at Miami Heat (9-33), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The best and worst in the Eastern Conference will square off this evening, as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Boston is an NBA-best 34-8 this season and will close out a short two-game road trip to Florida on Tuesday night. It opened the trek on Sunday with a 96-93 setback at Orlando, as Hedo Turkoglu's three-pointer at the buzzer sent the Magic crowd into a frenzy.
Paul Pierce had 24 points and nine boards, while Ray Allen added 17 points and Rajon Rondo finished with 15 points and five assists. The Celtics, who have lost two of three games, played without All-Star Kevin Garnett. Garnett missed the game with a pulled stomach muscle suffered in Friday's win over his former club, the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Garnett is doubtful for Tuesday and Rondo is listed as probable against the Heat in South Beach. The Celtics are 15-4 away from Beantown this season.
The 9-33 Heat will try to close out a seven-game homestand with back-to-back wins, and put the brakes on a season-high 15-game slide with a 98-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
Dwyane Wade scored 35 points and Dorell Wright had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which was two setbacks away from matching its club record and the NBA's longest skid this season. The Heat hadn't won since posting a 104-102 decision at home over Utah on December 22. The last time Miami recorded consecutive victories was from December 9 - 10 this season.
The Heat are 5-16 as the host in 2007-08.
Boston is 2-0 so far against the Heat this season and has won three in a row overall in the series. Boston has also won its last two trips to South Beach.
01/29 10:47:23 ET