Celtics (53-17) vs. Rockets (35-37)
March 12, 1980
Whenever the Celtics were in need of a win, they needed to look no further than the Houston Rockets.
For the sixth consecutive time in the 1979-80 season, the C’s dispatched the Rockets, this time by a final score of 121-105. Larry Bird had a sensational night, finishing two assists short of a triple-double with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists. Bird shot 67 percent from the field, hit two of his four 3-pointers, and was nearly perfect (7-8) at the free throw line. Six months into the season, the Rockets still had no answer for the Larry Bird and the Celtics.
A long-standing trait of successful Celtics teams is the ability to allow star players — from Wilt Chamberlain to Lebron James in Cleveland — put up outstanding individual numbers, yet ultimately fall to the team wearing green and white. Moses Malone definitely etched his name into that upper-echelon of playersable to dominate the Celtics yet, up to this ...