Feb. 9, 1953

The third-place Celtics topped the first-place New York Knickerbockers, 87-79, before a Boston Garden gathering of 6,273. Apparently, a crowd of 10,000 or more was expected but a snowstorm kept some folks off the roads.

Bill Sharman scored 20 points and Ed Macauley had 19. Despite defensive pressure from Al McGuire, Bob Cousy scored 16 points. McGuire, upon joining the Knicks in 1951, bragged to anyone who cared to listen, “I can stop Cousy.”

On this day, McGuire fouled out with five minutes left in the third quarter.

In his post-playing, post-coaching career, McGuire used his bravado to become a popular college basketball analyst on NBC and CBS.

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