Al Jefferson scored 20 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 96-86 Friday night in a preseason game.
Paul Pierce stuck a finger in Joakim Noah’s face in the 1st quarter of the Wizards-Bulls preseason opener, then later Kevin Seraphin set a brutal pick on Jimmy Butler, and the 2 teams fought all game long, in the preseason.
Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Wizards newcomer Paul Pierce exchanged minor shoves in the game, Derrick Rose’s first in his latest return to NBA action.
36-year-old Paul Pierce says he wants to be “very efficient” in everything he does with his new team, the Wizards, and his numbers last year with Brooklyn show he was exactly that, despite many saying he’d hit the wall.
Paul Pierce walked onto the court for media day wearing a No. 34 Washington Wizards jersey, complete with a red sweatband on his forehead and a red wristband pulled almost all the way up to his left elbow.
The Boston Celtics will play at the TD Garden for the first time Friday night since the events of the Boston Marathon.
The Celtics handled the Heat rather easily during the regular season going 3-1. The Heat won in the second game of the season while the Celtics took the latter three, but with one of those was a meaningless contest at the end of the season when playoff seeding had already been set.