Originally written on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Celtics (43-13) vs. Phoenix (37-20) February 13, 1980 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum Phoenix recovered from the Celtics’ 42 points explosion in the third quarter and a twelve point deficit to come back and defeat the Celtics, 135-134. Larry Bird had his most impressive game in his rookie season, pouring in 45 points.  The Suns gushed over Bird’s performance to the Globe’s Bob Ryan after the victory: Said Sun coach John MacLeod: “I don’t know what else you would want the man to do.  That was a hellacious 45, but when you’re making six or seven three-pointers (actually, it was three), it adds up in a hurry.” “Larry Bird,” kidded Paul Westphal.  “I think he’s going to be a player some day.” Unfortunately for the Celtics, the individual record did not trump the loss on a night where Philadelphia won.  Bird confirmed to reporters after the game that it was the most point he had ever scored in a losing effort.  He was in the midst of a particular hot stretch behind the three-point
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