banner

NBA

more stats

NBA Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, April 11th (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (40-38) at Boston Celtics (23-55), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The red-hot Charlotte Bobcats will try to hold on to the sixth seed Friday night when they visit TD Bank Garden to take on the Boston Celtics.

The Bobcats have won five in a row and tied the Washington Wizards for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has secured its second playoff berth in franchise history and by virtue of a 3-1 head-to-head record this season, owns the tiebreaker over Washington.

The Bobcats coughed up a 20-point first half lead but turned up the defensive intensity in overtime and took down the Wizards, 94-88, in Washington on Wednesday night.

Al Jefferson finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds and Kemba Walker tallied 17 points and 12 assists for Charlotte, which has won five straight games for the first time since 2010.

"If you watch the games (against Washington), these games, all of them, could have gone either way," Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford said of the battles against the Wizards this year. "To me the teams are very evenly matched."

Gary Neal netted 16 points off the bench while Gerald Henderson and Josh McRoberts scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. McRoberts had missed the previous three games with a sprained ankle.

The Celtics will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. Boston has dropped nine straight, including three in a row in Beantown.

The most recent Celtics setback came Wednesday night with a road loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Boston squandered a nine-point lead with under six minutes to play, losing 105-97.

"It's pretty much the same old story the last couple games," Rajon Rondo said of his team's struggles. "When teams make a comeback on us, they turn up the pressure and we seem to fold."

Avery Bradley returned from a three-game absence and paced Boston with 24 points, while Rondo registered 19 points and 12 assists for the Celtics, who have lost a team-record 13 straight road games, matching the mark set in the 1979 campaign.

Jared Sullinger registered a 15-ppint, 11-rebound double-double. Jeff Green chipped in 13 points and Chris Johnson added 10 for the second unit.

Boston allowed the Hawks to shoot over 52 percent and was obviously done in by a late-game meltdown. Atlanta went on a 10-0 run, then a 9-0 run to close the game. The Hawks outscored the Celtics, 35-20, over the final 12 minutes.

The teams have split two meetings this season with the road team prevailing each time. Charlotte has still lost eight of its last 10 as the visitor in this series.

04/11 10:53:39 ET

Other Stories

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA at Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:15 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Canes vs. NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 110
POR 112
 
4th
DEN 80
LAC 74
 
1st
LAL 22
OKC 17
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
Final
TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
Final
DEN 84
COLST 85
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Half
CAL 37
EWASH 26
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
3rd
CAL 1
DAL 2