Celtics (55-18) vs. New Jersey (32-43)
March 17, 1980
Rutgers Athletic Center
For the second straight game, Larry Bird scored another 29 points to lead the Celtics to victory. Instead of the Knicks, however, Bird and the Celtics moved narrowed their sights onto New Jersey in a 117-92 shellacking of the Nets.
The win put the Celtics in the driver’s seat for the division, as Philadelphia squandered another opportunity to make a final push at the Atlantic by splitting games in Cleveland (a loss) and at home with the Pistons (The Celtics got to watch the Cleveland- Philadelphia game on television Sunday night after Fitch purchased a portable antenna that allowed the hotel TV to pick up the Philadelphia channel, wrote Bob Ryan on March 18, 1979. There is no reasonable limit to his industriousness.).
The Boston Globe’s Ryan put the game in perspective:
The Celtics put this one away by rolling up a 74-44 advantage in the middle periods, and the crowd was extremely responsive to every mo...