Celtics (56-18) vs. Indiana (34-41)
March 18, 1980
Hartford Civic Center
In the midst of legal battles with the Boston Garden, the Celtics returned “home” after a three-game road to the friendly confines of the Hartford Civic Center. After a career that made stops across Beaver County, Pennsylvania all the way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it really didn’t matter where he played: the only true home for Pete Maravich was the hardwood floor of a basketball court. Buoyed by a vintage 31-point performance from Pistol Pete, the Celtics avenged a loss from eight days prior and defeated the Indiana Pacers, 114-102.
Those familiar with seeing Larry Bird’s name as one of the top two scorers for the Celtics will be suprised to know he didn’t even finish in the top three. Maraich led all scorers with 31, followed by M.L. Carr with 23 points and 9 boards, and Tiny Archibald scored 15 points and contributed 7 assists. The versatile Carr started in place of Cedric Maxwell, who was out with an a...