42 MORE WINS by
the 2007-08 Celtics than the '06-07 team, the largest gain in successive
seasons in NBA history. The old mark of +36 was set by the 1996-97 San Antonio
Spurs during Tim Duncan's rookie season. The Celtics' previous best was +32 in
1979-80, when Larry Bird was a rookie.
wins by Boston, the third most in franchise history behind the 1972-73 squad
(68) and the 1985-86 title team (67).
16 YEARS BETWEEN
All-Star Games in which a Celtic was named to the starting team. Kevin Garnett,
named to his 11th All-Star Game, was the first Boston player to be the biggest
vote getter. The last Celtic to be chosen to start was Bird in '92. Neither
Celtic played because of injuries.
DIFFERENTIAL between the Celtics and their opponents when the regular starting
five (Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo) was on
the court, tops in the NBA and 140 points better than the second-ranked New
37 POINTS SCORED
by Pierce on Dec. 27 against the Seattle SuperSonics—the highest scoring game
during the regular season for a Celtic. Twenty-six NBA teams had a player score
more points in a game.
10 NUMBER OF
POINTS Pierce (16,945) needs to tie Bob Cousy (16,955) for fifth place on the
Celtics alltime scoring list.
17 FIELD GOALS
made by the Miami Heat against the Celtics in an 88-62 Boston win on March 30,
the fewest in the NBA in the shot-clock era. The previous record of 18 was set
by the Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat in '89.
streak for the Celtics from Feb. 24 through March 12, their longest since the
last title team won 14 straight in 1986.
POINTS allowed by Boston in 2007-08, the second lowest total in the NBA behind
the Detroit Pistons (90.1) and the fewest allowed by the Celtics since 1953-54,
when they gave up 85.4 points.
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