1990-91 Boston Celtics
So how much was it really, 6 or 12?
Larry Bird went into last night's game needing one of the above to reach 20,000 points. The dispute arises when Bird's 6 points from Wednesday's slip-out against Atlanta are factored into the situation.
The Celtics maintained Bird needed 12 points to reach 20,000. That is because all statistics from the Atlanta game are not included until the game is completed.
Bird, however, felt he needed only 6 points to reach 20,000. He figured the 6 he scored against Atlanta are being held in hoop lay-away, frozen until the game is finished on Dec. 23. So he had 6, he just had them in escrow.
For the record, Bird picked up his sixth point last night with 2:54 left in the first quarter on a fallaway jumper. By the Celtics' standard, No. 33 reached the plateau with 8:19 left in the third, when he scored point Nos. 12 & 13 off a foul-line jumper.
"Suppose I scored 6 points and then got hurt," Bird conjectured, "and I missed a lot of games. Then when the game comes up the rescheduled Atlanta game, I get the other 6 automatically. That gives me 12, right?"
Sound convincing? The Celtics weren't budging. They said 12 and the Spalding folks said 12, too. But Bird figured he'd have 20,006 by then.