C's look to snap Heatís 22-game winning streak
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Boston Celtics are ready to repeat a little history and end one of the longest winning streaks in NBA history.
The Miami Heat haven't lost since Feb. 1, winning 22 straight games. But Monday night, they’re in Boston to battle a Celtics franchise that knows a thing or two about snapping winning streaks.
It was five years ago Monday when the Celtics put an end to the Houston Rockets' 22-game winning streak.
That was down in Houston. Monday night, the Celtics are defending their home court, where they've won 11 straight and are trying to stop LeBron James and the Heat, winners of 22-in-a-row.
Miami has a chance to continue their run at the record books. Their 22-game winning streak is tied for the second longest in NBA history, with that very same Rockets team the Celtics beat back in 2008. The 1971-72 Lakers own the record with 33 straight wins.
The Heat have had their struggles in the Garden, though. Since James took his talents to South Beach, they've never won in Boston in the regular season.
Regardless, Paul Pierce is impressed with the run they've put together.
"It’s rare when you got a team that plays so well to be able to do that. It's hard not to keep track of it. Every time you go to NBA.com or ESPN.com it's gonna be right there. I'm very impressed with what they're doing," said Paul Pierce, Celtics captain.
"You don't need any extra reason to want to beat them. At least we don't. They face this every night, though, and it's what we faced in 2008 and 2009, I guess, every night. That is what makes their streak so impressive. They are getting the best from teams, and still winning," said Doc Rivers, Celtics head coach.
One thing could complicate matters: Kevin Garnett is a game-time decision, due to a groin strain. He missed Monday morning's shoot around, and Doc Rivers may opt to give KG another night to rest up before the stretch-run.