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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 ...

March 17, 1963

March 17, 1963 On this day, Bob Cousy was set to bid Hub fans adieu … well, sort of. It was the final game of the regular season, with the Syracuse Nationals at the Garden. So Cousy's final appearance in a Celtics uniform remained two playoff series away. But before the start of a 125-116 win, a basketball showman whose off-court shyness ran deep, was rendered speechless and tearful as 13,909 stood in a roaring ovation that lasted 10 minutes. President John F. Kennedy sent Cousy a telegram: “The game bears the indelible stamp of your rare ...

March 1, 1953

March 1, 1953 In front of their biggest home crowd of the season – a whopping 4,061 – the Rochester Royals defeated the Celtics, 92-85. Rochester's lead topped out at 13 points late in the third quarter. Bob Cousy had just two points heading into the fourth quarter, then sparked a Boston rally with eight points the rest of the way. The Celtics were down two with two minutes left, then sputtered to the finish. Arnie Johnson had 21 points to lead the Royals and Jack McMahon had 19. Boston stood in fourth place in the Eastern ...

Nov. 9, 1952

Nov. 9, 1952 In their seventh home opener at the Garden, the Celtics had little trouble swatting down the Syracuse Nationals, 106-84. In his third pro season, guard Bob Cousy led the C's with 27 points, including 13 free throws. It also marked Red Auerbach's third Garden opener as Boston's coach. As the famous story goes, when asked if he would take Cousy, the Holy Cross star, in the 1950 NBA Draft, Auerbach's responded with a question of his own: “Am I supposed to win or please the local yokels?” It didn't take long for Auerbach to ...

Nov. 3, 1957

Nov. 3, 1957 The defending NBA champion Boston Celtics opened their season at the Garden with a crowd of 12,681 on hand to see them top Syracuse Nationals, 107-83. Bob Cousy home with a case of the flu, but Frank Ramsey helped make up for his absence with 27 points and Bill Russell had 23. Celebrating their 1956-57 crown before the game, the son of Mass. Gov. Foster Furcolo, Mark, presented each Celtic with vanity license plates, reading “Boston Celtics” with the player's jersey number. The C's also wore new white warm-up jackets with their names on ...

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