Celtics (60-20) vs. Cleveland (36-44)
March 28, 1980
The Celtics wrapped up a first round bye by clinching the Atlantic Division with a 130-122 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the win, the Celtics reached their combined win total from the past two seasons (61) during the 1979-80 season. Larry Bird scored 33 points for the Celtics.
The Celtics registered over 30 points in all four quarters, relying a bit more on their offense than usual with Dave Cowens missing the game after reinjuring his left big toe against the Knicks. Cleveland had no answers for Boston’s starting five was dominant. In addition to Bird’s 33 points and 10 rebounds, Cedric Maxwell scored 23 point and ripped down 14 boards, while Rick Robey added 25 and 13. Tiny Archibald continued his comeback season with 21 points and 12 assists. Another sellout (the 32nd in 41 home games) at the Garden was treated to a dozen points off the bench from Pete Maravich. A quote from Philadelphia 76ers general manager Pat Williams, per the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan, put the Celtics season in perspective: [Read more…]