Celtics (44-14) vs. Seattle (44-16)
February 17, 1980
King County Domed Stadium
The Seattle SuperSonics reminded a national audience that the defending NBA champions were still the prohibitive favorite to win the championship. Though it was close, the Sonics fought past the Celtics, 109-108, scoring the final eight points of the game to complete a season sweep of the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Dennis Johnson had another terrific game for Seattle, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds. Johnson’s ascent and success in professional basketball was an anomaly. The NBA was filled with unique stories, but perhaps none more so than the story of Dennis Johnson. Johnson’s NBA.com Legends page detailed his story:
The glamour of NBA stardom was a long way from Johnson’s childhood in Compton, Calif. He was the eighth of 16 children, the son of a bricklayer and a social worker. Johnson’s father, who was not a great shooter, taught young Dennis the ropes of the game. (John...