Celtics (19-6) vs. Suns (17-11)
Friday, December 7, 1979
Today is a tragic day in the history of the United States as we remember those who lost their lives on Pearl Harbor, but today also marks the day of birth for Larry Bird. Bird and the Celtics began their next stretch of three-games-in-three-days with a Friday night game at the Garden against a highly competitive team in the Phoenix Suns. The Suns as an organization are the best franchise in NBA history never to win a championship, even though the team has been competitive through the years. The 1979-80 Suns team fit that model perfectly, as they advanced to the Western Conference Finals before submitting in five games to the Lakers.
After suffering a shellacking at home by the Hawks, the C’s looked to bounce back and pass a litmus test against one of the West’s stronger clubs. Bird drew upon the lessons learned from head coach Bill Fitch to drop 20 and 8 against the Suns, and he picked up an extra gift on hi...