With Wednesday's comfortable 113-103 win in Detroit, the Celtics eliminated the Pistons from playoff contention and inched closer to a postseason berth of their own. They also did something they hadn't done in almost five years by winning their fifth straight game away from TD Garden.
Since their last road loss, on March 20 in San Antonio, the C's have secured wins over the Nets, Knicks, Hornets, Raptors and Pistons. Their playoff prospects could be even better by now, but they've gone 1-4 at home in that span.
Boston's last five-game road winning streak came in the 2010-11 season, when the won six in a row between November 22 and December 15 as part of a 14-game overall unbeaten stretch. That year the Celtics were the third seed in the East and made it to the conference semifinals, where they were defeated by the Heat. Now, both teams are in the thick of the playoff race, with Miami sitting one game behind Boston and Brooklyn.
The Celtics have four regular-season games remaining, two of them coming on the road: Friday at Cleveland and Wednesday in the season finale at Milwaukee.