Celtics (48-15) vs. Golden State (20-46)
February 29, 1980
The Celtics celebrated by the leap year by whipping the Golden State Warriors, 110-99. The 15,320 fans at the Garden were present for 24th sellout of the season of the season as well as the Green’s fifth straight win. The Celtics ended the month of February with a 9-2 record, and Larry Bird — who led all scorers with 28 points — was the catalyst for the success.
After opening the last game against the Spurs with a 38-point quarter, the Celtics dropped 36 on the Warriors in the opening frame in this one. Golden State’s dreadful season continued, and the C’s neutralized Golden State big man Robert Parish. After scoring 22 and picking up 11 boards against the Celtics on December 29, Parish was held to just 8 and 6 in Boston. Bob Ryan from the March 1, 1980 edition of the Boston Globe summed up this affair very quickly:
It was on the schedule, so they played it. This is the safest thing that can be said about the Celtics-Warriors affair at the Garden last night. [Read more...]