Celtics (18-4) vs. Kings (13-14)
Sunday, December 2
In the third consecutive game and fourth in the past fifth nights, the Celtics started strong but finished flat to lose to the Kings in Kansas City, 94-88. Losses were rare a quarter of the way into the season, and this defeat ended a six game winning streak. Only 23 games in and the Celtics had already put together winning streaks of four, six, and six to jump out to first place in the Atlantic Division (though Philadelphia was knocking on the door with a 19-7 record).
Larry Bird fought through his toughest night offensively as a pro, finishing with only 4 points on 4 attempts. As phenomenal as Bird played during his senior year at Indiana State, averaging 29 and 15 per game and leading the Sycamores to a national title game, he only played in 34 games that entire season. The NBA provided a much more grueling schedule, as the calendar just turned December and the Celtics were already playing their 23rd ga...