Sunday, April 1, 2012
Number crunch: Celtics vs. Heat
By Chris Forsberg
A handful of noteworthy nuggets, as researched by Elias Sports Bureau, before Sunday's Celtics-Heat clash at TD Garden (3:30 p.m., ABC):
David Butler II/US PresswireLeBron James has had success putting points on the board against Boston at TD Garden.
* The Heat have lost each of their last seven regular-season games they have played on the road against the Celtics. That is Miami’s second-longest current road losing streak against any opposing team (10 straight losses at Denver)... Miami coach Erik Spoelstra is just 3-9 (.250) against the Celtics during the regular season in his career. That is tied for his lowest career winning percentage against any opposing team (2-6 vs. Dallas).
* Miami has won each of the last 14 games it has played against teams from the Atlantic Division. The last team from the Atlantic to beat the Heat was the Knicks on Feb. 27, 2011. Miami owns the longest current streak of consecutive wins against a particular division for any team in the league (second longest: nine straight wins against the Southeast for the Celtics and Clippers).
* Paul Pierce, who missed the first meeting between the two teams in December, has scored 938 points against the Heat during the regular season. That is the most career points scored against Miami for any active player in the league, followed by Ray Allen (900), Vince Carter (873), Jerry Stackhouse (779) and LeBron James (723).
* Norris Cole, who scorched the Celtics in December, shot only 32.4 percent from the field in the month of March. That was the lowest field-goal percentage for any of the 233 players that attempted 70+ shots from the field last month.
* James has scored 20-or-more points in each of the last 10 regular-season games he has played at the TD Garden. That is the longest streak of consecutive games with 20-or-more points for any visiting player in this arena since it opened in 1995... James is averaging 30.4 points per game in 28 regular-season games played against the Celtics in his career. Only one player in NBA history has a higher career scoring average against the Celtics than James: Michael Jordan (30.7).