Celtics (58-19) vs. New Jersey (32-46)
March 23, 1980
Tripping over the finish line, the Celtics gave away a home game to the putrid New Jersey Nets, 101-96. The defeat gave the Celtics a two-game losing streak, tying the longest stretch they had encountered all season.
Boston 30th sellout in 39 games stood out for the reason that no one Celtic could assume control of the scoring load. Points were fairly well-distributed with four players in double-digits (Gerald Henderson led the team with 16 points), but the Celtics were burned again by the offensive prowess of Nets guard Mike Newlin.
Newlin dropped 52 on the C’s back in December and finished with 38 points in this long, two-hour-and-twenty-minute affair on Causeway Street. The game felt even longer for Celtics rookie Larry Bird, who shot 1-15 from the field as his mini-slump continued. The Boston Globe’s Walter Haynes reported on the loss: [Read more...]