Celtics (29-9) vs. Rockets (17-20)
January 2, 1980
The Celtics finally put together two wins in a row during their six-game road trip, defeating the Rockets, 111-103, at the Summit in Houston. Cedric Maxwell led the C’s with 29 points and 10 boards (5 offensive), and his defense was an essential factor in limiting the effectiveness of Houston’s brute forward, Moses Malone. Malone still managed to collect 17 rebounds — 11 off the offensive glass — but was limited by Maxwell and Dave Cowens in the post to only 13 points and shot just 31 percent from the field.
The win was anything but easy for the Celtics, having already blew leads of 12 and 9 points throughout the game. Bob Ryan recapped the game in the Globe and detailed a furious Celtic rally to win the game:
You know how good this one was? Bill Fitch even liked it. Since he usually analyzes each Celtic performance with all the humor of your friendly IRS man in the midst of an audit (“. . . Now, about this deduction ...