Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Monday, January 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, March 19th

Hornets 90

(2-27, 1-16 away)

Celtics 108

(14-17, 9-5 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 3, 2005

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 18 28 19 2590
    BOS 25 21 36 26108

    Top Performers

    NO: C. Andersen 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Bos: P. Pierce 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    New Orleans (2-26) at Boston (13-17) 7:00 pm EST

    BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics have a prime chance to snap out of their current funk when the hapless New Orleans Hornets visit the FleetCenter on Monday.

    Since a 5-2 stretch pulled the Celtics within a game of .500, they have lost four of five, all on the road.

    Tony Allen scored a season-high 18 points, but leading scorer Paul Pierce was held to 13 and failed to record an assist as Boston fell to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, 100-88.

    The Celtics were outscored, 85-61, through the first three quarters in losing their fifth straight on the road overall.

    Despite a career average of 23.2 points, Pierce is averaging just 18.2 with only 11 total assists during Boston's five-game swoon.

    The Celtics have won three straight at home, however, and get to face a reeling Hornets team mired in another long losing streak.

    J.R. Smith scored a career-high 23 points, but the rest of New Orleans' starters provided just 38 as the Hornets fell to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, 107-96 - their seventh straight setback.

    New Orleans has failed to reach 100 points in 18 consecutive games while allowing at least that many in six straight.

    Jim Jackson, whom the Hornets acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets on December 27, remains suspended indefinitely by the team for failing to report following the deal.

    New Orleans has won 13 of the last 18 meetings between the teams, including a four-game sweep last season. Baron Davis, who is averaging 13.5 points in four games since returning from a back injury, scored 27.7 in three games vs. Boston last season.