Originally posted on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 1/13/13
Celtics (32-10) vs. Lakers (30-15) January 13, 1980 Boston Garden Defense. The Los Angeles Lakers employed a stifling defensive strategy to hold the Celtics scoreless during a 21-0 run in the third quarter, drastically altering a 67-53 Celtics’ lead into a 74-67 deficit.  Yet the Celtics refused to surrender, and the game — a 100-98 victory for LA — ended on a controversial whistle. Bob Ryan’s article in the January 14, 1980 Boston Globe provided extended coverage of the game, as well as the call that put Norm Nixon on the line with three seconds remaining: A majestic basketball game deserves a more fitting climax than a questionable call that places a man on the foul line with the score tied and three seconds remaining – for being fouled on the passoff.  And yet the fact that it was two foul shots by Norm Nixon, and not, say, a sweeping hook by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or an up-fake jumper by Jamaal Wilkes (or even one of Nixon’s artful drives) that decided yesterday’s Celtic-Laker ex...
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