Monday , Mar , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – March 8

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – March 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics will return to action on Tuesday when
they head to New York to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

On Sunday, Jiri Welsch scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down seven
rebounds in leading Boston to an 80-77 win over Minnesota at the Target
Center.

Paul Pierce added 13 points despite shooting just 4-of-21 from the field and
collected 10 rebounds, as the Celtics won their fifth straight game. Chucky
Atkins and Chris Mihm scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

With the win Boston remained a half-game up on the Toronto Raptors for the
seventh-place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics are also
just a game-back of the sixth-place Knicks.

Boston, which will return home for two games after Tuesday’s tilt at MSG, has
lost six of eight and eight of its last 11 games on the road and is 14-18 away
from home this season.

The Celtics have lost three times to the Knicks this season, but have won
eight of the last 13 meetings. Boston, though, has won five of its last seven
in the Big Apple.

BOS