Celtics (52-15) vs. Philadelphia (50-17)
March 7, 1980
The Celtics took a monumental step to locking up the Atlantic Division by thrashing Philadelphia in front of a capacity crowd at the Garden, 111-92.
“Boston is a very good team,” said Doug Collins, speaking to The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan in his typical articulate manner after the game. “They’re good in every facet of the game. They rebound, press and pass well. They have no weaknesses. They came up with a plus in Rick Robey. It looks as if (Dave) Cowens getting hurt was a blessing in disguise. It gave Robey the confidence and now Cowens can work his way back gradually.”