NBA Roundup : Celtics Win Their 28th in Row at Home
Robert Parish scored a season-high 30 points and had 18 rebounds Wednesday night at Boston to lead the Celtics to a record-breaking 122-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
The Celtics, who have won 13 in a row overall, won their 28th consecutive game at home, breaking the record set by the Minneapolis Lakers during the 1949-50 season.
The Celtics, whose only home defeat was by Portland Dec. 6, won 25 of the games in the home streak at Boston Garden and three at Hartford, Conn.
The victory left the Celtics (63-13) with a chance to tie the 69-13 overall record the Los Angeles Lakers set in the 1971-72 season. They can do it by winning their last six games.
The Celtics are 37-1 at home. If they win one of their three remaining home games, they will set a record for the most home victories in a season.
“It’s something that happens to be here on the way to the playoffs,” Celtic Coach K.C. Jones said. “I really can’t get into the record. Maybe after the season ends, it will mean something.”
The big addition to the Celtics, beaten in the championship round by the Lakers last season, is Bill Walton.
The major contribution of the 6-11 center has been to give the 7-0 Parish needed rest. When playoff time came around last spring, Parish appeared to be exhausted.
With the playoffs due to begin in two weeks, Parish is well-rested and eager.
Although the Pistons were missing their backcourt star, Isiah Thomas, this game was decided up front. Larry Bird had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, and the other Celtic forward, Kevin McHale, had 24 points and 8 rebounds.
Philadelphia 93, New York 87--These teams could form an All-Star team from their hospital list. In this game at Philadelphia, healthy Charles Barkley had 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a surprisingly difficult victory.
The 76ers were missing three regulars because of injuries--Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Bobby Jones.
The Knicks have lost a starting team. Latest to join the injured list were James Bailey (sprained wrist) and Rory Sparrow (broken ankle). This season, the Knicks’ injured players have missed a total of 394 games, a league record.
Phoenix 110, Golden State 101--Larry Nance and Alvan Adams led a furious fourth-quarter rally at Phoenix that brought the Suns from behind. They trailed, 79-73, after three quarters.
The Suns are just 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio in the battle for the final playoff position in the Western Conference.
Portland 121, Seattle 109--Kiki Vandeweghe scored 36 points at Seattle, and the Trail Blazers ended a 13-game road losing streak. The SuperSonics are within one defeat of elimination in the playoff race.