Celtics (20-6) vs. Cavaliers (14-16)
December 8, 1979
The Cavaliers were thrilled to find the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back and took it to former coach Bill Fitch, 116-100.
An exquisite performance from Larry Bird went to waste. Bird set a new high by compiling 32 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. Cedric Maxwell added 11 boards and 18 points off 50 percent shooting, and Tiny Archibald was stellar at the point with 16 points and 9 assists. M.L. Carr gave the Celts a little punch off the bench with 10 points, but Dave Cowens endured his worst performance of the season, playing 39 minutes but only shooting 1-of-9 from the field. With no true backup center on the roster, Cowens’ two points and three rebounds left the Celtics in a weak spot in the middle.
The Celtics did not provide the result that Coach Fitch desired in his second trip back to Cleveland
Turnovers contributed to the Celtics’ offensive woes. They gave the ball away 25 times, a...