NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 18th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Heat (51-14) at Boston Celtics (36-29), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Miami's 22-game winning streak is impressive, but what's
even more astonishing is how the Heat have stayed healthy.
The Heat look to keep rolling injury-free when they resume a five-game road
trip Monday against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. They made it 22 straight
wins with Sunday's 108-91 victory at Toronto as Dwyane Wade scored 24 points
and LeBron James added 22. Ray Allen scored 20 off the bench for the Heat, who
haven't lost since Feb. 1 at Indiana.
"It's a special ride right now that we're on and I think the best thing about
it is we're doing it together. We're doing it for one another and just want to
try to keep it going," James said.
Chris Bosh chipped in 18 points against his former team as the Heat improved
to 3-0 on the road swing and have won 10 straight away from South Beach. The
last time Miami won 11 in a row on the road was back in 1998.
Miami tied Houston's 22-game run from the 2007-08 campaign and the Los Angeles
Lakers are next with a 33-game winning streak from the 1971-72 season.
The Heat, who are 21-11 as the guest and own the best record in the NBA, will
close out the road trip Wednesday at Cleveland.
Boston is streaking as well with 11 straight home wins.
The Celtics will close out a three-game homestand Monday and are coming off
Saturday's 105-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Jason Terry had 15
points, while Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had 14 and 13 points,
respectively, for the Celtics, who have won two straight and seven of their
"I thought second half we ran the ball a lot better, rebounded the ball a lot
better, and it provided easy opportunities for us," said Pierce. "So when we
play that way, to go along with defensive stops, we're a tough team to beat."
Brandon Bass and Jeff Green scored 10 points apiece in the win. Boston is 24-9
at home and will start a three-game road trip Wednesday at New Orleans.
The Celtics hope to have veteran forward Kevin Garnett Monday night and he is
listed as questionable with a left adductor strain. Boston is even with
Chicago for the sixth seed in the East.
Boston and Miami have split two meetings this season with each team winning as
the host. The Celtics have won 18 of the past 22 meetings with the Heat, who
are winless in 10 straight trips to Beantown. Miami's streak could be in
jeopardy since it's only 4-14 in the past 18 contests at Boston.
03/18 10:29:15 ET