This day: IT ties a 20-point game; Bird triple doubles against the Lakers; Pierce goes for 35 against the Clippers.

This day: IT ties a 20-point game; Bird triple doubles against the Lakers; Pierce goes for 35 against the Clippers.

On this day in Boston Celtics history in 1991, the team defeated the Lakers, a longtime rival, 98-85, thanks to a triple-double from Hall of Fame small forward Larry Bird. The game took place at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California.

In 40 minutes of play, Bird, also known as the Hick from French Lick, put on a show, scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Although Bird didn’t have the best shooting night of his career—he only made four of his sixteen field goals and one of his three attempts from beyond the arc—the Indiana native nevertheless found other ways to contribute to his team’s victory.

With 29 points and 10 rebounds, teammate Robert Parish led the team in scoring; forward Reggie Lewis added 26 points as well.

Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics, right, drives to the basket against Chris Wilcox of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of the game on Saturday, February 15, 2003, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo).

On this day twelve years later, in 2003, Paul Pierce, the Celtics champion forward, defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 92-84 on the road at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, scoring 35 points.

In addition to his scoring, The Truth grabbed 8 rebounds and made just 1 of his 29 3-point attempts while shooting 12 of 29 overall. Only Boston’s Antoine Walker, who finished with 26 points and 9 rebounds, scored in double figures.
Pierce, who played with a sprained right wrist from his last game with the Celtics against the Portland Trail Blazers, said, “We’re a great team in the fourth quarter” (via ESPN).

“I believe we perform better when we’re down. When we need them, the guys come up with big plays and big stops. We don’t berate ourselves. We enter the game knowing that we will always be competitive.

 

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