Celtics (36-13) vs. San Diego (27-28)
January 27, 1980
Larry Bird exploded for 36 points — a new career high — as the Celtics regained their edge at the Garden and sent the Clippers away with their sixth straight loss by defeating San Diego, 131-108. Bird added seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
The Celtics controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Clippers, 55-38. Rick Robey fought through a pulled groin muscle to deliver 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Cedric Maxwell added 13 boards. Though the Celtics committed four more turnovers than SD, it was a product of their passing. Led by Tiny Archibald’s nine assists, the Celtics compiled 14 more assists than the Clippers. Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe captured the connection the Celtics’ fans had for their team: [Read more…]