Boston Celtics returning to championship form

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: December 5, 2009 at 1:12 am •  Published: December 5, 2009

Two years ago, the Boston Celtics roared out of the gate, finished with the best regular-season record and won their 17th NBA title.

Following a 105-87 domination of the Thunder on Friday night at the Ford Center, the Celtics are showing signs this season will be more like 2007-08 than last year’s injury-ravaged disappointment.

Boston’s win Friday completed an unblemished four-game road trip. The Celtics are 9-1 on the road this season.

"This was just a great road trip,” said Boston coach Doc Rivers. "We came out here and had a sweep, even though all the teams are playing well. I thought this would be the toughest of all the nights, this being the last game (of the trip) and (the Thunder) playing so well.”

It wasn’t tough at all. The Celtics had seven players score in double figures. They led by as many as 24 points. They outrebounded Oklahoma City, 40-30.

The entire road trip was reminiscent of two years ago, when Boston was 29-3 around the holidays.

A brief slump ended talk of the Celtics possibly matching that of Michael Jordan’s Bulls’ team that finished 72-10.

But the Celtics finished 66-16 and physically overmatched the Lakers in the finals.

"I don’t even remember two years ago during the (regular) season,” said Boston point guard Rajon Rondo. "That’s kind of a blur. Box score from Friday's game


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