Nov. 8, 1982

This wasn’t exactly Cal Ripken/Lou Gehrig stuff. But Celtics guard Gerald Henderson had a little pride on the line.

Playing the dismal New Jersey Nets at the Meadowlands, the defending NBA champs had some trouble putting away what should have been a relaxing win. Maybe too Many Celtics looked at it that way and struggled to find high-grade intensity.

Except for Larry Bird, of course. Bird scored 38, but the Celtics frittered away what had been a seven-point lead with 58 seconds left.

Leading 102-101 with four ticks remaining, coach Bill Fitch called on Henderson to serve as a third guard as the Nets went about trying to set up a game-winning shot. A strained hip muscle kept Henderson off the floor for the first 47:56.

Henderson stole a Darryl Dawkins pass, intended for Sleepy Floyd and the win was preserved.

“I had a quality four seconds,” Henderson joked to a Boston Globe scribe.

Fitch pushed the right button.

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