Five years ago to the day the Celtics were facing a Houston Rockets team that put together an unlikely 22-game win streak, good for second best in NBA history. The night before, they had come back from being down 20-plus points against the Spurs in San Antonio. In one of his first games as a Celtic, Sam Cassell hit a clutch jumper late in the game to seal the win.
A tired Celtics team went in to Houston the next night and did what that 2008 team did best: Blasted the doors open, kicked ass, took names, blew up the building and ended the streak. Ok so it wasn’t that dramatic, but the Celtics did destroy the Rockets in the second half, cruising to a victory and two nights later defeating the Dallas Mavericks to complete the sweep of the Texas triangle.
Tomorrow night, they face a much more powerful Miami Heat team that is blowing by the competition. It will be especially difficult if Kevin Garnett can’t play. but the C’s seem to thrive on this masochistic type of adversity. So how exactly did that 2008 team beat the Rockets? Watch the video below and find out: