Originally posted on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 12/4/12
Celtics (18-5) vs. Pistons (8-16) December 4, 1979 Pontiac Silverdome The Celtics continued a brutal stretch of travel for their fifth game in the past seven nights to play a dreadful Detroit Pistons team.  In front of a crowd of 11,839, the ninth largest crowd ever up to that point for a Pistons game, the Celtics had trouble finding any kind of shooting rhythm and turned the ball over a season high 20 times in the first half, but persevered to overcome a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and won, 118-114, in overtime.  The Celtics flirted with disaster the entire night, but found a way to beat a poor Pistons club for the nineteenth victory of the year and improved to 2-0 in OT. Dick Bavetta and Jim Capers officiated the contest, and Larry Bird did not disappoint.  After only scoring four points in the loss to Kansas City, Bird bounced back with a customary Bird night — and customary implies the finest rookie play in the league that season — with 18 points, 12 rebounds (4 offe...
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