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Five Years Ago Today, The Celtics Ended Another 22-Game Winning Streak

 

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.

Box Score

 

  • High Rollers

    DEFEND THE GARDEN!!!

    • Josh_5

      We must protect this house!!!!

    • kemar

      crawford do that

  • CelticsBIG3

    Thats pretty amazing that it happened on the same day. I remember that game, that was at the end of the Texas Triangle sweep.

    • Rav

      Yeah, a lot of critics at the time were saying that's where this team will get found out. But they crushed it.

      Critics were chirping before the season, after the Celtics won like .700 of our first 20 games, right before the trip, right before the playoffs, after the two 7-game playoff series (this one's somewhat understandable), after the 2nd game in the WCF, and right before the Finals.

      When you see people refer to the 07-08 season now, it seems like the Cs were destined to win, and looked like it throughout the season (except in the first two rounds of the playoffs). In reality, a lot of the time a lot of people didn't think of them that highly.

  • KillerGymRat

    How about that KG dunk? Almost forgot he used to be able to take off from that far away.

    And WTF is with Houston fans. Their team has the second longest win-streak in NBA history and the lower level seats are empty.

  • Banner18

    That Pierce And 1…Gawd

  • Rav

    James Posey: 0 points (he only took one shot), but 10 rebounds in under 30 mins. And you can bet he defended Tracy McGrady well too.

    Not keeping him after the championship season was/is definitely underrated as a Danny Ainge mistake. Sure he did play badly for the Hornets (or Pacers? Can't remember) after signing the contract, and it was a bit too long anyway (he was worth MLE money, but maybe for 2 or 3 years instead of the 4 he got), but I believe that part of that came from him having to switch to a non-contender, and also not being able to play his best role – he may not have been produced MLE-worthy play for the rest of the league, but he was more valuable than that to the Celtics.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I ran alongside the duckboat Posey was on in 2008 during the parade and was screaming to him to resign.

  • danard

    boston to the end naa switch

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