The Celtics led the Nuggets comfortably for much of regulation. But when the fourth quarter rolled around, the Denver Nuggets tied things ups and it was back and forth from there.
There were times where it looked as if the C's were simply out of gas, but sure enough, somebody stepped up when needed most.
"We grinded this one out," Avery Bradley said after the team's 118-114 triple-OT win. "You can tell we didn't want to lose. We scrapped the whole game. You could tell we just wanted it."
That was apparent when Boston simply wouldn't go away even though they seemingly trailed for the entirety of each overtime until the very end. Whether it was Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, or Jason Terry, guys did everything they could to keep their winning streak alive.
"I tell everybody every single game: Jason Terry can play defense," Bradley said. "I mean you see it every single night - makes big plays like that. But we played well as a team. Like you said, people were hitting big shots, playing great defense at the end of the game, big rebounds at the end of the game. Like I said, we were just fighting all night - everybody."
And it paid off. The Celtics hard-earned win should pay dividends now and down the line. This was their best win of the streak, a complete game against one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
"It gives us that confidence going into the next game," Bradley said. "We know our game plan. We know what we need to do to be successful; the way that we need to play. Getting these wins just lets us know that the way we've been playing, if we continue to play that way it's going to be hard to beat us."
And they're proving now that they can't be counted out.
"We're the team in the league right now that's going to fight no matter what," he continued. "KG always says it's bar fight. Every game is a bar fight for us, so that's how we play."