Celtics (58-18) vs. Cleveland (34-43)
March 22, 1980
The Celtics stumbled, 109-105, in front of a sellout crowd of 19,548 in Cleveland against the suddenly hot Cavaliers.
The win marked the eighth straight for the Cavs, a team facing a future of uncertainty. The only coach and general manager the team had ever known, Bill Fitch, now coached the league-best Boston Celtics, and a new change in ownership had the NBA wondering whether professional basketball could survive in Ohio. The Boston Globe’s Steve Marantz reported further on the sale: