The Boston Celtics’ 2017-18 season couldn’t have gotten off to a more gruesome start after they lost starting small forward Gordon Hayward for the year with a severe left leg injury on opening night.
The team started 0-2 and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was fined for yelling a profanity at a fan in Philadelphia as well.
From the looks of it, it appeared the Celtics were headed for a bumpy start, but they have completely turned it around after the first two games and accomplished something no team in NBA history has done.
With their comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Boston won their seventh straight game, becoming the first team in league history to win seven in a row after starting 0-2.
The Celtics trailed by as many as 18 points to the Thunder and Irving wasn’t his usual self in the first half, posting only three points.
Irving, however, showed off his killer instinct and scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half to lead Boston to a thrilling victory. He also dished out six assists.
Celtics big man Al Horford was huge in this one, as he finished with 20 points and hit a few clutch jumpers late in the game.
For the Thunder, Paul George paced their offense with 25 points while Russell Westbrook recorded 19 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. Carmelo Anthony registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
George, Westbrook and Anthony were a combined 19-of-57 from the floor.