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Dec. 5, 1958

Dec. 5, 1958 Bill Sharman scored 29 points in leading the Celtics to a 116-114 win over Syracuse in the first game of a twinbill at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall. In the second game, Philadelphia topped St. Louis, 107-92. Now, for a pop quiz: Name the three teams who played in that doubleheader that were not named the Boston Celtics. Doubleheaders were fairly common in the NBA’s first 15 or so years. For one thing, regular-season games didn’t last very long. There were no TV timeouts because, except for a handful of games, there was no TV coverage,  Even in the ...

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