The Boston Celtics rarely face adversity at TD Garden, but the Cleveland Cavaliers gave them a taste of it early on Tuesday night. Trailing by 15 points in the first quarter, doubt hung thick in the air, questioning whether their 10-game home winning streak would hold.
But the Celtics, true to their nature, refused to crumble. They clawed their way back, erasing nearly the entire deficit by halftime. Cleveland fought back, but Boston’s resilience was stronger. When the dust settled, the Celtics emerged victorious, 120-113, extending their home streak to 11 games.
This win was more than just another victory. It showcased a grit and determination that transcends mere winning streaks. While their offensive dominance has been a constant, the Celtics’ ability to weather adversity is what truly sets them apart. Both times they’ve faced double-digit deficits at home this season, they’ve responded with impressive comebacks. Tuesday’s win marked their biggest since February 2023, highlighting their remarkable turnaround from last year.
This Celtics team feels different. Yes, their record through 22 games mirrors last season’s, but their approach is distinct. Against a red-hot Cleveland squad shooting 47% from the field and 42% from three, they refused to back down. They adjusted, fought back, and ultimately stole the game.
“They punched first, and we took the punch on the chin,” said Kristaps Porzingis. “But we turned it on in the second half and showed our mental strength and ability to execute under pressure.”
The Celtics’ dominance at home is undeniable. But it’s their composure and adaptability under pressure that paints a brighter picture for their future. As Coach Joe Mazzulla aptly puts it, “We have to be grateful for games like this…an opportunity in Game 22 to play playoff basketball.”
While their road performance remains a question mark, the Celtics‘ home dominance is a testament to their growth. They’re playing a more composed and versatile game on both ends, a recipe for success that extends beyond the confines of TD Garden. This win, more than just extending a streak, is a declaration of their grit, their resilience, and their potential to be something truly special.