Whether it's the sweltering heat or lack thereof in the visiting locker room's showers, opponents dreaded playing at the North End building.
The Celtics went 67-15 during the 1985-86 regular season, including a 40-1 record at the Boston Garden. They also went a perfect 10-0 at the Garden in the playoffs en route to another NBA title. Their only regular-season home loss occurred on Dec. 6, 1985, to the Portland Trail Blazers, by a score of 121?103.
This year, the C's are off to a 5-0 home record — as are the Golden State Warriors. The Bulls, Nuggets, Blazers, Lakers and Spurs all have just one home loss as of Friday morning. The Heat, who were supposed to go undefeated for the next few years, are 5-2 at home and 7-4 overall.