Celtics (31-10) vs. Hawks (26-17)
January 11, 1980
The Celtics hosted the Atlanta Hawks on this date thirty-three years ago in the Garden. Winners of three of the past four, the Celts hoped to build some momentum on this marathon seven-game homestand at the Garden. Sandwiched in-between an intense match-up with New York and a rematch with the Los Angeles Lakers stood the Atlanta Hawks. Hubie Brown’s team of overachievers, on their way to a 50-win season, laid a 28-point beatdown on the Celtics the last time the two teams met. The defeat also marked the Celtics’ only home loss of the season, with a 17-1 record nearly midpoint in the season. A balanced attack from the Celtics’ starting five, as well as a breakout performance from Rick Robey, allowed the Celtics to avenge the loss and defeat the Hawks, 108-93. The game also featured four ejections, all beginning near the end of the first quarter.
Along with the 22 points, Robey (a perfect 10-10 from the free t...