Celtics (28-8) vs. Lakers (26-13)
December 28, 1979
Great Western Forum
Just like in the NCAA championship, Larry Bird’s team walked in with the better record.
And, just like the national title game, Earvin Johnson’s team walked out the winner.
The Celtics would struggle all night to stop Los Angeles, allowing the Lakers to score at least 30 points in three of the four quarters, and lost 123-105. For LA, as Bob Ryan wrote in the Globe, the game met the hype.
And so the Celtics were welcomed to sunny Los Angeles for the single most awaited regular-season game in Laker history. The Forum had been sold out for weeks, and everyone from Pacific Palisades to Pomona wanted to be on hand when Earvin Johnson and Larry Bird, accompanied by such satellite stars as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dave Cowens, Jamaal Wilkes and Cedric Maxwell resumed their rivalry…
Though the Lakers began the evening as a second-place team in the NBA’s Pacific Division by a half-game (26-13 to Seattle’s 25-11), in the ...