Celtics (17-4) vs. Pacers (11-15)
Saturday, December 1
Market Square Arena
Regardless of a pedestrian record, playing the Pacers in Market Square Arena was a tough spot for the Celtics to win. Unlike their date in October, Larry Bird made sure this homecoming to Indiana ended on a more successful note. The Celtics defeated Indiana in overtime, 106-102, to win their sixth straight game and remain top the Eastern Conference standings. This game was the first time the Celts had played in OT this season.
Bird chipped in a double-double with 13 boards and 15 points with 6-of-16 shooting, and unlike the game the prior night, worked his way to the free throw line and hit 75% of his attempts. Cedric Maxwell enjoyed a sensational night. He dominated the low post with 19 points and 17 rebounds just one night after attempting only three field goals. Maxwell consistently sacrificed his offensive output as soon as Bird arrived in Boston, but he still had the capability to take over games w...