WASHINGTON – At 21-2, the Boston Celtics of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are off to the best start in the franchise’s storied history.
Even Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Bob Cousy never were this good this early.
Allen and Pierce scored 22 points apiece, Garnett nearly had a triple-double, and the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 122-88 on Thursday night for the NBA champions’ 13th consecutive victory.
“I’ve been a big fan of history,” Garnett said. “To establish ourselves in that history that’s so enriched with culture and prestige and tradition is a great thing.”
He finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in three quarters.Boston’s winning streak is its longest since a 14-game run in 1985-86.
Caron Butler scored 19 points for the last-place Wizards, who matched their franchise’s slowest start, dropping to 4-16 for the first time since the 1966-67 Baltimore Bullets.
“You saw the best team in the league,” Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said. “And in case you weren’t watching, it wasn’t us. It was them.”
Mavericks 95, Bobcats 90: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki hit a key 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds to play and finished with 23 points to help Dallas beat trade-depleted Charlotte.
Ex-Arizona Wildcat Jason Terry had 26 points for the Mavericks.
Emeka Okafor had a season-high 27 points and 17 rebounds, and Raymond Felton added 16 points for Charlotte in its fifth straight loss.
The Bobcats were short-handed after the trade Wednesday that sent Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary.
Jazz 97, Trail Blazers 88: At Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur scored 21 of his 27 points in the first quarter and added 10 rebounds for Utah.
Paul Millsap had his 10th straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Utah.