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The Celtics won their season-high ninth-straight game Sunday, beating the Toronto Raptors on the road 90-77 (ESPN.com Box Score). The winning streak is their longest streak since 1993. Their 20-2 start is the best start since Bill Russell’s Celtics won the 1963-1964 NBA Championship. Oh, it gets better.
The Celtics won their 2nd game without Ray Allen, who’s nursing his achey ankles. It’s nice to see that the Celts can win without one of their big guns (as I mentioned last time).
It’s also nice to see that six Celtics scored in double figures, led by Paul Pierce with 18 points. Kevin Garnett added 16, while Rajon Rondo added 14. KG only played 34 minutes but was extremely effective while in. I love that KG and obviously Ray Allen are seeing a reduced amount of minutes already. They shouldn’t even be thinking about going for a record 73 wins. Doc’s doing the right thing slightly limiting their minutes, because 30-year-olds just don’t have as much season-long stamina as 20-somethings.
The Celtics now lead the season series against the Raptors 3-0, with one home game left against them for the rest of the year. They’re already 3-0 against last season’s division champs. On a side note, I find it pretty strange they already have had 3 games against Toronto. Oh well, I don’t make the rules.
What is there to complain about? It’s like saying the Patriots aren’t winning by enough. I mean, the Celtics have the best record in the NBA. They’re already 7.5 games ahead in the Atlantic Division. They have 2 more wins than any other team. They’re just 4 wins away from their season total all of last season! In all likelihood, the C’s will win 4 more games before 2007 is over (they have 7 games left this year), which would mean they’d win more games in 2 months than they did all last season!