LOOK: The Boston Celtics' longest win streaks
NBA.com Global on Nov 19, 2017 03:19 PM
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 10: Jayson Tatum #0 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics react during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on November 10, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Celtics' current 15-game winning streak is the fifth longest in franchise history, and perhaps the most improbable of the bunch.
Boston lost Gordon Hayward to a gruesome ankle injury and fell to the Cavs on opening night. Still reeling, the Celtics lost their home opener the following night.
Since then, it's been smooth sailing for the Celtics, right? Not exactly.
Four of the Celtics' wins during this streak have been comebacks after trailing by at least 16 points, including Saturday night's (Sunday, PHL time) 110-119 triumph in Atlanta.
Here’s a look at the top winning streak in Boston Celtics history:
Nov. 15 - Dec. 23, 2008 | Roster
Coming off their first title in 22 years, the Celtics forged the best start in club history at 27-2. Kevin Garnett's season-ending knee injury thwarted any hopes of a repeat.
Feb. 24 - March 26, 1982 | Roster
Julius Erving and the 76ers ended this streak as well as the Celtics' back-to-back championship hopes a few months later in the Eastern Conference finals.
Nov. 28 - Dec. 30, 1959 | Roster
With Bill Russell and Tommy Heinsohn leading an offense that had seven double-digit scorers, the Celtics went on to win the second of eight consecutive titles.
Dec. 19, 1964 - Jan. 22 1965 | Roster
The Celtics opened the season 11-0 and didn't look back, setting an NBA regular-season record with 62 victories before beating the Lakers in The Finals.
Oct. 20, 2017 - present | Roster
At 15-2, Boston matched the best start in franchise history through 17 games. The Celtics will go for No. 16 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) when they visit the Mavs.