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The Celtics’ hot start, by the numbers

Al Horford has the Celtics pointed in the right direction.Jim Davis/Globe Staff file/Globe Staff

After an inauspicious 0-2 start, the Boston Celtics have the best record in NBA. And although it’s early in the season, the team’s recent spell of wins — albeit a small sample size — cannot be overlooked. Here’s a breakdown of their encouraging first three weeks of the season:

Their record: 9-2

3: Number of teams (New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic) they beat that currently are above .500.

9: Number of consecutive games they have won. The Celtics haven’t lost since their home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 18.

11.2: Average margin of victory during their nine-game winning streak. Through all 11 games, the Celtics’ average scoring margin is +9.1 points, which is up significantly from last year’s mark of +1.6. It’s also good enough for second-best in the NBA, as only the Warriors boast a higher stat with +10.1.


How the team stacks up against the league

23.3: Average number of team assists per game — eighth-highest in the NBA. Last season, they averaged 25.5.

37.1: Average number of defensive rebounds per game — fifth-highest in the NBA. Last season, they averaged 32.1.

42.9: Opponent’s average shooting percentage — third-lowest in the NBA. Last season, opponents shot an average 45.4 percent from the field.

103.5: Average number of points per game — 10th-lowest in the NBA. Last season, they averaged 107.5.

How the team stacks up against franchise history

3: The Celtics just wrapped up a three-game road trip with three W’s. In the past 12 months, they’ve swept three out of their five road trips that were three games or longer. In the previous six years, the team had zero such sweeps.

6: Number of consecutive games the team has won on the road. The longest Celtics’ road winning streak over the past 20 years is 10 games. The team’s next five away contests are against Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and Indiana — two of which they have already beat.


How their players are faring

1: Number of times Kyrie Irving has scored over 25 points. As a member of the Cavaliers last season, Irving scored over 25 points on five occasions through the same number of games. Cleveland was also 9-2 after its first 11 contests.

4: Number of starters averaging double-digit points. Irving has scored at least 10 points in each of his outings this season, while Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, and Jayson Tatum have done so in all but two. Irving’s average of 22.3 points per game ranks 18th in the league.

4: Number of double-doubles for Horford. He is just one of five power forwards to record more than three.

7.7: Average number of defensive rebounds for Horford. He ranks 14th in the league — up over 20 spots from his finish last season.

11: Number of games Horford has had a positive +/- this season. That’s every game, for the record.

15.4: Number of points Brown has averaged per game. The 21-year-old played in 78 games as a rookie last season and averaged just 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. Thus far into his second year, he is already doubling his previous numbers and scored a career-high 25 points in the team’s season opener against the Cavaliers.

81: Tatum’s three-point shooting percentage from the corners. The Celtics have made more threes from that position than any other team in the league. Tatum is also shooting an impressive 52.9-percent overall from behind the arc, which is the fifth-best three-point field goal percentage in the league.


245: Number of points Kyrie Irving has scored thus far this season. With a 35-point performance against Atlanta on Monday, Irving surpassed Paul Pierce, Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Garnett, and Larry Bird among others to reach the highest point total through one’s first 11 games as a Celtic in team history.