Steal By Bird, Free Throws Notch Victory for C's

Green Improves to 23-7
1981-82 Boston Celtics

Larry Bird stole an in-bound pass with 36 seconds left and converted two free throws 18 seconds later to help the Boston Celtics edge the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, 106-103.

Boston, surrendering an average of 119 points the last five games, fell behind by as many as nine points in the second period before cutting the lead to five at intermission. The 6-23 Cavaliers, who owned the worst record in the NBA at game time, then built up a nine-point lead (76-67), before the Celtics woke up.

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