Boston Celtics create National Basketball Association history after impressive win over the Thunder

Kristopher Nichols
November 5, 2017

But Irving, who scored a team-high 25 points with six assists, led a second-half charge that captured the Celtics their seventh-straight win.

Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Celtics become the first team to start 0-2 and follow it up with a seven-game winning streak.

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That OKC first-half defense was as swarming as it's been all season, including during the previous two games.

Boston leads the league in points allowed at 93.8, is among the league leaders in opposing field goal percentage (43.1) and opposing 3-point percentage (32.1).

It's (very) early, but the potential to be defensively dominant was evident in the Thunder's 101-94 loss the Celtics on Friday.

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For the first 24 minutes, they did everything: they created countless catch-and-shoot looks from 3.

"We had our starting point guard out the whole season and we played really well and with a good rhythm offensively", Vogel said. "It's going to be a huge test for us, but we have to respond". Get the app and get the game. He missed the free throw but got his own rebound and muscled in the putback over Westbrook.

Sure, it wasn't always pretty, but it's the best-looking win among the bunch.

Al Horford scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while also hauling in eight rebounds. Orlando entered Friday first in the National Basketball Association in 3-point shooting, second in scoring and second in field goal percentage, but its offense ground to a halt because of a lack of ball movement and missed shots from the 3-point arc and at point-blank range.

Things are coming together a lot quicker than expected for the Celtics, and with how many more ways they can still improve, we may have underestimated the true ceiling of this team.

Jerami Grant went 5 of 7 from the floor for 11 points off the bench and Carmelo Anthony had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder (4-4), but shot just 3 of 17. "That's winning time", Irving said. Since then, however, the Celtics have ripped off seven consecutive victories behind the brilliance of Irving (22.1 ppg., 5.7 apg. and 3.4 rpg.) and the steady leadership of head coach Brad Stevens. It's going to be a fun game (on Sunday). The Celtics took the little time they needed to accept their devastating loss, and now they are embracing every bit of talent that is still on the roster.

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