Celtics (14-4) vs. Hawks (13-9)
Saturday, November 24
Both teams entered the game on streaks: the Celtics were winners of the past two while the Hawks had dropped road games to the Bucks and Bulls. The difference in this game, however, came down to one simple fact: the Celtics had Dave Cowens and Atlanta did not. The Green Team received a vintage performance from the 6’9″ product out of Florida State.
Cowens dominated the Hawks with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 106-101 road win for the Celtics. Entering his tenth season in the league — and what would turn out to be his final season with the Celtics — Cowens had only one switch, and it was always turned ON. His NBA.com Legends page goes into further detail:
Celtics general manager Red Auerbach realized that he needed someone to at least attempt to fill the shoes of Bill Russell, whose retirement after the 1968-69 championship season left the Celtics a team that could only muster 34 wins the follo...