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Bird’s Rookie Year — Game 11 vs. the Spurs

Celtics vs. Spurs
November 7, 1979
Boston Garden

After a grueling six game road trip, the Celtics returned home for a rematch with San Antonio.  The two teams last met on October 23 at the HemisFair Arena as the Spurs picked up a 129-120 victory.  Five Spurs recorded double-digits in points in the win, and George Gervin dominated with 28 points in only 31 minutes.  Though the Celtics had some highlights (Tiny Archibald distributed 19 assists), they allowed 30 points in the first quarter alone and a combined 65 in the second half.  Points in the paint were the key issue in San Antonio: the Spurs scored 20 points off their 16 offensive rebounds, while the Celtics managed only 8 points off 6 O-boards.  Even with Tiny collecting 19 assists, the Celtics as a team finished with 36; San Antonio, to their credit, finished with 34.

I have to admit, I just love the idea.

But somehow it has an all too familiar feel.

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