I’m all about good coincidences, but I have to admit this one ranks pretty far up there. Tonight, the Miami Heat will arrive at the TD Garden as owners of the second longest winning streak in NBA history, when they face off with the Celtics. They have tied that second longest streak with none other than the 2007-08 Houston Rockets, who put together a 22-game hot streak back in the winter of 2008.
Incredibly, Houston’s streak ended on March 18, 2008 on a nationally televised game, against none other than the Celtics. Boston played without Ray Allen that evening at the Toyota Center, with Tony Allen getting the start in his place. After playing to a tie at halftime, the Celts exploded in the second half against Tracy McGrady and company, blowing Houston out of the water to bring an abrupt halt to that 22-game run, as Leon Powe came through with a big 21 points off the bench.
The fun part of this however is that there is one prominent member of the Miami Heat that was also a starter on that Rockets team. Can you name who it is?
That would be none other than Shane Battier. Although the swingman is not a star, seeing a player of his caliber play a important role on both of these teams that can put together a streak like this is no surprise. You need reliable role players like Battier to put a run together like this.
Fortunately for the Celtics though, they have a chance to break Battier’s heart another time tonight at the Garden. In the meantime, enjoy the box score and some highlights from the C’s 20-point beatdown, five years ago today.
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