The Chicago Bulls (24-7) host the Boston Celtics (15-13) tonight (TNT, 8 p.m. ET), as the teams meet for the third time this season and the second time in the past five days. The teams split their first two games, both in Boston, with the Bulls scoring an 88-79 victory Jan. 13, and the Celtics winning 95-91 Feb. 12. According to NBA.com/Stats, the Celtics’ defense has been very effective against the Bulls. Inside, Boston has limited Chicago to 48 percent (33-for-69)
Dwight Howard notched hit 23rd double-double of the season as the Sixers fell to 0-6 when their opponent scores 100+ points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, theCeltics have held their last 26 opponents under 100 points. That’s tied for the 6th-longest such streak in a single season in the shot clock era. The Pacers arrived at their Cleveland hotel to find Miami’s team was also staying at the Ritz-Carlton. Vogel joked, claiming they deserved it. “Take that,” he said. “You don’t
LeBron James tied a career-high Monday by shooting 76.2 percent (16-21 FG) , matching a similar shooting performance he had against the Hawks last season (16-21 FG, 3/18/11). Even Though James picked on almost everyone defending him, he did the bulk of his work against Carlos Delfino, scoring 15 of his game-high 35 points against him. Caron Butler, in his return to Dallas, scored a season-high 23 points, and just missed hitting the go ahead three with less than 5 seconds
Steve Nash, at 38, is about to play in his seventh career All-Star Game. 2012’s oldest NBA All-Star — he joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone as the only All-Stars 38 years or older — is leading the league in assists (10.3 apg) and is third overall in field goal percentage (.563). Nash is on pace to lead the league in assists for the sixth time. Only Hall of Famer John Stockton has accomplished that feat, having led the NBA in that category nine times.
Since coming into the league, Kobe Bryant has had 16 game-winning shots, more than any other player. Carmelo Anthony is second, with 14. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Celtics have held their last 25 opponents to under 100 points. This is the 7th longest streak in the shot-clock era. Rajon Rondo scored or assisted 65 of the Celtics 95 points. This was the second most this season and the 7th time a player accounted for 60+. Memphis wore gold and green
Boston’s Kevin Garnett needs 101 points to pass Charles Barkley (23,757) for 18th place on the all-time scoring list; he needs 24 rebounds to pass Buck Williams (13,017) for 13th on the all-time rebounding list. After averaging 89.9 points in its first eight games,GoldenStatehas picked up the pace. In the Warriors’ last 14 games, they are averaging 103.5 points and have reached the century mark 10 times. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Derek Fisher has played in 520 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, the longest consecutive