Celtics (13-4) vs. Pacers (9-12)
Friday, November 23
Just a month after the Celtics dropped their first game of the season in Indiana to the Pacers, Boston looked for a little retribution on their home floor. The Pacers were struggling coming into the Garden, having lost three of the last four. The Celtics smelled blood against Slick Leonard’s bunch and allowed Red Auerbach to enjoy his victory cigar as Larry Bird dropped 30 points for the first time in his NBA career in a 118-103 victory over the Pacers.
The two games against the Pacers really highlighted Bird’s progress. In the first affair on October 20, Bird shot a respectable 8-for-12, finished with 20/2/4, and though he still managed four steals, he fouled out in only 22 minutes of play. The November 23 game fared much differently. Bird played 37 minutes and became the featured man on the offensive attack (he attempted 29 shots, while the rest of the starting five put up a combined 35). Still plagued by tur...