Celtics (42-13) vs. Detroit (14-42)
February 10, 1980
The headline spoke for itself.
PISTOL, BIRD BLAST PISTONS, 128-111
The Boston Globe printed what the 21st sellout crowd (a new franchise record) witnessed at the Garden. The pairing of Larry Bird and Pete Maravich led the Celtics to victory, humiliating the Pistons, 128-111, delivering Detroit its league worst 43rd loss. Their loss was just as important as the victory, as the Celtics held the rights to the Pistons’ upcoming draft pick.
Bird led the Celtics with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists, and Maravich contributed 14 points of his own.