Originally posted on Boston Sports Media Watch  |  Last updated 3/15/13
Celtics (53-17) vs. Rockets (35-37) March 12, 1980 Boston Garden 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 ...
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