Celtics (53-15) vs. Washington (32-36)
March 9, 1980
All good runs come to an end. The nine game winning streak for the Boston Celtics came to an end in overtime against the Washington Bullets, while the Bullets’ run of being the elite team in the Eastern Conference was also coming to an abrupt end. The Bullets ended the Celtics streak by defeating the Green Team, 133-128, after dropping 18 points in OT.
Long in the tooth, Washington was still finding ways to win games. The red, white, and blue had won eight of their last ten games and were making a push for the final spot in the playoffs (the six seed, current inhabited by the New York Knickerbockers). Depending on whomever won the Atlantic Division, the Bullets — if able to capture the six seed — would play either Boston or Philadelphia.
Larry Bird’s 33 points were out-done by Elvin Hayes’ 35 point, 17 rebound outburst. It was Hayes, if you recall, who expressed doubt early in the season to The Boston Globe’s ...