Bird & DJ Lead the Way

November 13, 1984

Celtics Rip Indianapolis; Bird Racks Up 29 Points

Robert Parish scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter, including seven in a 13-point Boston spurt Monday night as the Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 132-115 in a National Basketball Association game in Indianapolis.

Parish grabbed a rebound and put in a hook shot to start the spurt with 9:56 remaining in the third period, breaking a 69-69 tie. The Boston center then put in a layup with 8:20 to go to completed the string.

Indiana never pulled closer than seven again.

Larry Bird led a Celtics attack that had six players in double figures with 29 points, scoring 23 in the first half.

Dennis Johnson contributed 24 for the victory and Danny Ainge added 18, including 10 in the final quarter when he was able to shoot almost unmolested from outside.

Bird started his night by connecting from three-point range and sparked Boston to a 20-12 advantage while hitting on his first six shots.

A layup and free throw by Quinn Buckner gave the defending world champions a 16-point lead, 37-21, with 13 seconds left in the opening period.

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