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