IT was not even for the championship.
IT remains one of the top 5 NBA playoff moments of all time.
IT happened 50 years ago tonight . . . WHEN HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL
It is the most famous radio call in basketball history, hoops’ equivalent to Russ Hodges’ famed “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” from baseball’s 1951 National League playoffs. There simply is nothing like the gravelly tones of the late Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most describing the closing seconds of Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals between the defending champion Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics celebrated the anniversary with Hondo last night at Boston Garden.
The win sent the Celtics to the NBA Finals – their 9th straight. The Celtics beat the Lakers for the 3rd time in 4 years and won their 7th consecutive NBA title.
|1||Sun, Apr 4, 1965||Box Score||Philadelphia 76ers||W||108||98||W 1|
|2||Tue, Apr 6, 1965||Box Score||@||Philadelphia 76ers||L||103||109||L 1|
|3||Thu, Apr 8, 1965||Box Score||Philadelphia 76ers||W||112||94||W 1|
|4||Fri, Apr 9, 1965||Box Score||@||Philadelphia 76ers||L||OT||131||134||L 1|
|5||Sun, Apr 11, 1965||Box Score||Philadelphia 76ers||W||114||108||W 1|
|6||Tue, Apr 13, 1965||Box Score||@||Philadelphia 76ers||L||106||112||L 1|
|7||Thu, Apr 15, 1965||Box Score||Philadelphia 76ers||W||110||109||W 1|
|8||Sun, Apr 18, 1965||Box Score||Los Angeles Lakers||W||142||110||W 2|
|9||Mon, Apr 19, 1965||Box Score||Los Angeles Lakers||W||129||123||W 3|
|10||Wed, Apr 21, 1965||Box Score||@||Los Angeles Lakers||L||105||126||L 1|
|11||Fri, Apr 23, 1965||Box Score||@||Los Angeles Lakers||W||112||99||W 1|
|12||Sun, Apr 25, 1965||Box Score||Los Angeles Lakers||W||129||96||W 2|