Lakers Double and Triple Team Celtic Bigs


May 27, 1984

"When we shoot the ball as well as we did," Abdul-Jabbar said, "we're a very hard team to beat, because we have so many versatile players. But the Celtics showed their character by making a run at us, but we played good defense to hold them off."

Abdul-Jabbar's 13 first-quarter points powered his team to a 30-12 lead with 3 minutes 15 seconds left. He added 10 more in the second period.

Parish, in early foul trouble, offered Abdul-Jabbar little resistance defensively. Offensively, he shot 2 for 7 and scored only 5 points in the first half. Parish fouled out with 7:23 left after having shot 6 for 13 and scoring 13 points.

"Their game plan was to double- and triple-team me and the rest of our big guys," Parish said, "and force us to shoot from the outside. They achieved their goal today. They played a near-perfect first half. We allowed them the board in the first half, and they just ran away from us. I don't have the figures, but I'm sure they scored a dozen points on our offensive board. In addition, I don't think I ever saw the man shoot that well. The man was on fire."

Parish said the Celtics would have to rebound better in Thursday's game, and that he would have to stay out of foul trouble.

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