In New Orleans in…, Larry Bird records a career-high 60 points.

In New Orleans in…, Larry Bird records a career-high 60 points.

WVUE (NEW ORLEANS) – The legendary Larry Bird of the Celtics gave one of his best solo performances in New Orleans on March 12, 1985.

At the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Boston defeated the Atlanta Hawks 126-115 behind a career-high 60 points from Bird. In the second half, he scored 32 of his 60 points in 14 minutes, finishing the game 22 for 36 from the field.

A few days earlier, in a victory over the Pistons, Kevin McHale, a teammate of the Celtics, scored a franchise-high 56 points. The fiercest rival, Bird, entered the race with the intention of outsourcing McHale’s finest.

After becoming an NBA Champion, MVP, and Finals MVP, Bird, 28, solidified his legacy with a 60-point performance. With a final season average of 28.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, he won the MVP award for the second time in three years.

The NBA wanted to stay in the market after the Jazz moved to Utah shortly before the 1979–80 season, so the Atlanta Hawks played 12 “home games” in New Orleans during the 1984–85 campaign.

That season at UNO, the Hawks also welcomed Jordan and the Bulls, Isiah Thomas and the Pistons, and John Stockton and the Jazz.

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