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FOR THE RECORD
David Sabino
June 25, 2008
THE FACTS AND FIGURES BEHIND THE CELTICS' 17TH CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
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June 25, 2008

For The Record

THE FACTS AND FIGURES BEHIND THE CELTICS' 17TH CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

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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.

66 REGULAR-SEASON 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.

396 POINTS 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 Orleans Hornets.

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.

10 GAME-WINNING streak for the Celtics from Feb. 24 through March 12, their longest since the last title team won 14 straight in 1986.

90.3 AVERAGE 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.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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