BOSTON (CBS) – In early January, the Celtics were a below .500 team at home (9-10) searching for answers.
"We've got to figure it out," Jae Crowder said back in January. "This is definitely a problem right now at home. I don't know what it is, but we've got to figure it out."
Crowder and his teammates have done just that in the past two months, capped off by Friday's dramatic 104-103 win over the New York Knicks. That victory gives Boston 13 consecutive home wins since Jan. 13, a streak that has put the 2015-16 Celtics into the TD Garden record books.
Boston's 13 straight wins at home matches the 2008-09 Celtics for the longest winning run at TD Garden. That Celtics team won 62 regular season games and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference before falling to the Orlando Magic (without an injured Kevin Garnett) in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
This year's Celtics will have a chance to set the new TD Garden record on Wednesday night with 14 straight wins when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7pm ET, a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN.
"I think the biggest thing is we've maintained just a general optimism," Brad Stevens said of the streak. "There's a positive vibe, through thick and thin, and the guys support one another. I think the greatest growth is just in the day-to-day process of doing those little things to build some trust. And to have it when you need it most."
While Boston's current run is impressive, the team has a very long way to matching the franchise record of 38 straight home wins, set by the 85-86 Celtics. That mark stands as the fourth longest home streak in NBA history.
Brian Robb covers the Celtics for CBS Boston and contributes to NBA.com, among other media outlets. You can follow him on Twitter@CelticsHub.
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