Feb. 26, 1953

In an NBA doubleheader at the Boston Arena, the Celtics Fended off the Philadelphia Warriors, 87-80, after the Rochester Royals topped the New York Knickerbockers, 79-71, in overtime.

The 6,252 at the Arena (that’s a snug fit at what is now Matthews Arena) saw the Celtics build up a 25-7 first-quarter lead and spend the remainder of their night fighting off the last-place Warriors.

Bob Cousy and Ed Macauley scored 22 points apiece.

The Knickerbockers, coming in with the best record in the league at 41-19, spent their evening focused too much of their energy on whining over the officiating. Two Knicks, Vince Boryla and Ernie Vandeweghe, were ejected.

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