Celtics (34-12) vs. Rockets (23-24)
January 22, 1980
In an up-and-down night for Boston, the Celtics received a breakout defensive performance from M.L. Carr in a 112-106 victory over the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets, winners of six of their previous eight games, trailed 77-55 until Rick Barry went on a scoring binge. Barry scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the game was about to shift in Houston’s favor until Carr ensured the Celtics would hold on for the victory. Larry Whiteside from the Globe detailed the game’s turning point:
“I remember when I came into the game,” said Carr. “The first thing I said to him was, the party’s over. You don’t get no more 3- pointers.’ “
And it was his simple philosophy that turned what had been a stirring comeback by the Rockets… Carr shadowed Barry all over the court, to the sidelines when he chatted with coach Del Harris, and would have gone into the Rockets huddle if the rules would have allowed it.
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