Boston Celtics

Dec. 10, 1957

Thanks to past scuffles the Celtics and New York Knicks really didn’t like one another. When elbows jabbed, they were intended to hit someone, not just keep foes from getting into position for rebounds.

On this night the C’s would have to contend with the Knickerbockers minus their premier enforcer, Jim Loscutoff (aka Loscy, as noted on one of the retired number banners). A knee injury had Loscutoff sidelined for two months.

So, Boston brought its 19-2 record to Madison Square Garden with all due confidence that they would return home at 20-2, but aware that mayhem might be in order.

Surprisingly, the mayhem was absent – and so were the Celtics in the closing minute. The game remained close throughout and a Richie Guerin jump shot put the Knicks ahead for good with under a minute remaining and the Knicks evened their record at 11-11 with a 106-103 win.

Bill Russell scored 25 points but fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.

So, the Celts flew back to Boston for a game the next night against the Cincinnati Royals, the nightcap of a Wednesday double-header. The Hawks faced New York in the first game.

It’s doubtful that the Knicks and Celtics shared the same flight to Boston.

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