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Celtics’ season defined by streaks

Paul Pierce and the Celtics have experienced a lot of highs and lows over the past two months.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Paul Pierce and the Celtics have experienced a lot of highs and lows over the past two months.

Since the Celtics won in Brooklyn on Christmas Day to climb above .500 at 14-13, their season has been a roller coaster.

They’ve established separate streaks of four losses, then six wins, then six losses, before their current five-game win stretch.

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Throughout it, they’ve looked at times like a playoff team capable of making deep run, and at other times like a listless team heading toward an uninspired finish.

Of course, they’ve also lost two key cogs along the way in Rajon Rondo (knee) and Jared Sullinger (back), who are out for the season with injuries.

Yet the loss of Rondo, the All-Star guard, came just before the current five-game win streak began.

Take a look at how the Celtics’ yo-yo season has gone since Christmas Day:

4-game losing streak
DateOpponentScoreNoteRecord
Dec. 27at LA Clippers106-77Celtics routed in first game of West Coast trip14-14
Dec. 29at Golden State101-83With Rondo ailing, Celtics are lost14-15
Dec. 30at Sacramento118-96Celtics defense wilts against lowly Kings14-16
Jan. 2vs. Memphis93-83Late rally is not enough as Celtics fall at home14-17
6-game win streak
Jan. 4vs. Indiana94-75Celtics break slide with rout over Pacers15-17
Jan. 5at Atlanta89-81Second-half surge keys win over Hawks16-17
Jan. 7at NY Knicks102-96Celtics send message to Knicks in with without suspended Rondo17-17
Jan. 9vs. Phoenix87-79Celtics ride bench to win over Suns18-17
Jan. 11vs. Houston103-91Defense shuts down Rockets' high-powered offense 19-17
Jan. 14vs. Charlotte100-89Celtics find their footing after stumble vs. Bobcats20-17
6-game losing streak
Jan. 16vs. New Orleans90-78Doc Rivers' son gets best of his father's team20-18
Jan. 18vs. Chicago100-99Late Bulls' jumper in OT sinks Celtics20-19
Jan. 20at Detroit103-88Doc Rivers threatens changes after embarrassing loss20-20
Jan. 22at Cleveland95-90Celtics show no urgency after being called out by Rivers20-21
Jan. 24vs. NY Knicks89-86Rondo thrives, but Celtics can't put it together20-22
Jan. 25at Atlanta123-111Celtics blow 27-point lead, lose in 2 OTs as Rondo injured20-23
5-game win streak
Jan. 27vs. Miami100-98Pierce's jumper seals win in 2 OTs as Celtics deal with loss of Rondo21-23
Jan. 30vs. Sacramento99-81Six players score in double figures as Celtics roll 22-23
Feb. 1vs. Orlando97-84With Jared Sullinger also gone, depleted Celtics rally23-23
Feb. 3vs. LA Clippers106-104Celtics avoid collapse with clutch points at end24-23
Feb. 6at Toronto99-95Celtics erase 10-point deficit to continue streak25-23

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