- 1983–84 Boston Celtics season
team = Boston Celtics
misc = NBA Champions
end_year = 1984
wins = 62
losses = 20
division = Atlantic
division_place = 1
conf_place = 1
K. C. Jones
owners = Don Gaston, Alan Cohen, Paul Dupee
television = Sportschannel New England, WBZ
playoffs = NBA Champions
bbr_team = BOS
"Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average"
The Lakers opened the series with a 115-109 victory at
In Game 2, the Lakers led 113-111 with 18 seconds left when
Gerald Hendersonstole a James Worthypass to score a game tying layupand the Celtics eventually prevailed in overtime 124-121.
In Game 3, the Lakers raced to an easy 137-104 victory as
Magic Johnsondished out 21 assists. After the game, Larry Birdsaid his team played like "sissies" in an attempt to light a fire under his teammates.
In Game 4, the Lakers had a five point game lead with less than a minute to play, but made several execution errors as the Celtics tied the game and then came away with a 129-125 victory in overtime. The game was also marked by Celtic forward
Kevin McHale's takedown of Laker forward Kurt Rambison a breakaway layup which triggered the physical aspect of the rivalry. Kareem Abdul-Jabbarwould go after Larry Birdlater on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Cedric Maxwellfurther antagonized the Lakers by following a missed James Worthyfree throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. Also, Bird pushed Michael Cooperto the baseline following the inbound play during the second quarter.
In Game 5, the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead as
Larry Birdscored 34 points. The game was known as the "Heat Game", as it was played under 97-degree heat, and without any air conditioning, at Boston Garden. The Celtics did not warm up with their sweat pants on because of extreme heat, and oxygen tankswere provided to give air to exhausted players.
In Game 6, the Lakers evened the series with a 119-108 victory. In the game the Lakers answered the Celtics' rough tactics when Laker forward
James Worthyshoved Cedric Maxwellinto a basket support. After the game a Laker fan threw a beer at Celtics guard M.L. Carras he left the floor, causing him to label the series "all-out-war."
In Game 7, the heat that was an issue in Game 5 was not so bad (indoor temperatures hovered around 91 degrees during the game, due to additional fans being brought in to try to cool the air). The Celtics were led by Cedric Maxwell who had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as they came away with a 111-102 victory. In the game the Lakers rallied from a 14-point-deficit to three with one minute remaining when Cedric Maxwell knocked the ball away from Magic Johnson.
Dennis Johnsonresponded by sinking two free throws to seal the victory. Larry Birdwas named MVP of the series.
The series was the eighth time in NBA history that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA finals, with Boston winning each time.
Larry Bird, NBA Free Throw Percentage Leader (88.8%)
* Larry Bird, NBA Most Valuable Player
* Larry Bird,
NBA FinalsMost Valuable Player
* Larry Bird, All-NBA First Team
* Kevin McHale, Sixth Man of the Year Award
* [http://www.databasebasketball.com/teams/teamyear.htm?yr=1983&tm=Bos&lg=N Celtics on Database Basketball]
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/BOS /1984.html Celtics on Basketball Reference]
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