Originally written on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Celtics (0-0) vs. Philadelphia (0-0) April 18, 1980 The Boston Garden The Celtics began the  Eastern Conference Finals at the friendly confines of the Boston Garden against the Philadelphia 76ers.  The two teams split the six regular season meetings, with each team winning their home games.  Rumors that Philly could not win in Boston proved premature as the 76ers dominated the game’s third quarter and stole the opening game of the series, 96-93. Despite an eight-point halftime lead, the Celtics lost their compusure in the second half and the lapse cost them the home court that took all season to earn.  A look at the list of high scorers provides a quick glimpse at the game and, ultimately, the series.  Larry Bird and Cedric Maxwell led the Celtics with a respective 27 and 21 points, but were out-done by Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins, who posted 29 and 23.  The opening game served as a microcosm of the series as whatever the Celtics did well, the Sixers were able to do better.  T...
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