April-13: The Celtic Dynasty Begins and Peaks

This is a red letter day for the Boston Celtics dynasty, as it all began on this day in 1957 and the Celtics set the regular season home record on this date in 1986.

1957

The Dynasty Begins

A dynasty is born on April 13, 1957 when the Boston Celtics won their first NBA championship as rookie Tommy Heinsohn scores 37 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in a 125-123 double overtime victory over the St. Louis Hawks in Game 7.

From 1957-1969, they would make the NBA Finals in 12 of the 13 years – winning 11.

1986

The Dynasty at its Peak?

On this day, the Celtics ended the season with a 135-107 win over the New Jersey Nets at Boston Garden and finish with an NBA-record 40-1 at home.  No team has surpassed this record and only one team, the 2016 San Antonio Spurs, have matched it.

The 1986 Celtics, which won the Celtics 16th NBA title, are widely considered to be the best Celtic team of all time, if not of all time.

 

Per Game Table
Rk Player Age G GS MP FG FG% 3P 3P% 2P 2P% FT FT% TRB AST STL BLK PTS
1 Larry Bird 29 82 81 38.0 9.7 .496 1.0 .423 8.7 .506 5.4 .896 9.8 6.8 2.0 0.6 25.8
2 Kevin McHale 28 68 62 35.3 8.3 .574 0.0 8.3 .574 4.8 .776 8.1 2.7 0.4 2.0 21.3
3 Dennis Johnson 31 78 78 35.0 6.2 .455 0.1 .143 6.1 .468 3.1 .818 3.4 5.8 1.4 0.4 15.6
4 Robert Parish 32 81 80 31.7 6.5 .549 0.0 6.5 .549 3.0 .731 9.5 1.8 0.8 1.4 16.1
5 Danny Ainge 26 80 78 30.1 4.4 .504 0.3 .356 4.1 .521 1.5 .904 2.9 5.1 1.2 0.1 10.7
6 Jerry Sichting 29 82 7 19.5 2.9 .570 0.1 .375 2.8 .578 0.7 .924 1.3 2.3 0.6 0.0 6.5
7 Bill Walton 33 80 2 19.3 2.9 .562 0.0 2.9 .562 1.8 .713 6.8 2.1 0.5 1.3 7.6
8 Scott Wedman 33 79 19 17.7 3.6 .473 0.2 .354 3.4 .483 0.6 .662 2.4 1.1 0.5 0.3 8.0
9 Rick Carlisle 26 77 1 9.9 1.2 .487 0.0 .000 1.2 .514 0.2 .652 1.0 1.4 0.2 0.1 2.6
10 Sly Williams 28 6 0 9.0 0.8 .238 0.0 .000 0.8 .294 1.2 .583 2.5 0.3 0.2 0.2 2.8
11 David Thirdkill 25 49 0 7.9 1.1 .491 0.0 .000 1.1 .495 1.1 .625 1.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 3.3
12 Sam Vincent 22 57 0 7.6 1.0 .364 0.0 .250 1.0 .367 1.1 .929 0.8 1.2 0.3 0.1 3.2
13 Greg Kite 24 64 2 7.3 0.5 .374 0.0 .000 0.5 .378 0.2 .385 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.4 1.3
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/13/2017.
71 Seasons Table
Season Lg Team W L W/L% Finish SRS ORtg DRtg Rel_DRtg Playoffs Coaches Top WS
2009-10 NBA Boston Celtics* 50 32 .610 1 3.37 107.7 103.8 -3.8 Lost Finals D. Rivers (50-32) R. Rondo (9.6)
2007-08 NBA Boston Celtics* 66 16 .805 1 9.30 110.2 98.9 -8.6 Won Finals D. Rivers (66-16) K. Garnett (12.9)
1986-87 NBA Boston Celtics* 59 23 .720 1 6.57 113.5 106.8 -1.5 Lost Finals K. Jones (59-23) L. Bird (15.2)
1985-86 NBA Boston Celtics* 67 15 .817 1 9.06 111.8 102.6 -4.6 Won Finals K. Jones (67-15) L. Bird (15.8)
1984-85 NBA Boston Celtics* 63 19 .768 1 6.47 112.8 106.3 -1.6 Lost Finals K. Jones (63-19) L. Bird (15.7)
1983-84 NBA Boston Celtics* 62 20 .756 1 6.42 110.9 104.4 -3.2 Won Finals K. Jones (62-20) L. Bird (13.6)
1980-81 NBA Boston Celtics* 62 20 .756 1 6.05 108.4 102.6 -2.9 Won Finals B. Fitch (62-20) C. Maxwell (11.0)
1975-76 NBA Boston Celtics* 54 28 .659 1 2.25 98.9 96.7 -1.6 Won Finals T. Heinsohn (54-28) D. Cowens (10.7)
1973-74 NBA Boston Celtics* 56 26 .683 1 3.42 98.6 95.1 -2.6 Won Finals T. Heinsohn (56-26) J. Havlicek (9.7)
1968-69 NBA Boston Celtics* 48 34 .585 4 5.35 93.8 89.1 -6.4 Won Finals B. Russell (48-34) B. Howell (11.3)
1967-68 NBA Boston Celtics* 54 28 .659 2 3.87 95.7 92.4 -4.4 Won Finals B. Russell (54-28) B. Howell (10.1)
1965-66 NBA Boston Celtics* 54 26 .675 2 4.34 92.3 88.3 -6.6 Won Finals R. Auerbach (54-26) B. Russell (11.7)
1964-65 NBA Boston Celtics* 62 18 .775 1 7.46 90.9 84.2 -9.4 Won Finals R. Auerbach (62-18) B. Russell (16.9)
1963-64 NBA Boston Celtics* 59 21 .738 1 6.93 90.1 83.8 -10.8 Won Finals R. Auerbach (59-21) B. Russell (17.3)
1962-63 NBA Boston Celtics* 58 22 .725 1 6.38 93.0 87.4 -8.5 Won Finals R. Auerbach (58-22) B. Russell (13.5)
1961-62 NBA Boston Celtics* 60 20 .750 1 8.25 92.1 85.1 -8.5 Won Finals R. Auerbach (60-20) B. Russell (15.5)
1960-61 NBA Boston Celtics* 57 22 .722 1 4.94 88.7 84.5 -7.6 Won Finals R. Auerbach (57-22) B. Russell (13.0)
1959-60 NBA Boston Celtics* 59 16 .787 1 7.62 91.0 84.9 -6.2 Won Finals R. Auerbach (59-16) B. Russell (13.8)
1958-59 NBA Boston Celtics* 52 20 .722 1 5.84 89.5 84.5 -5.7 Won Finals R. Auerbach (52-20) B. Russell (12.9)
1957-58 NBA Boston Celtics* 49 23 .681 1 5.02 88.0 83.6 -5.2 Lost Finals R. Auerbach (49-23) B. Russell (11.3)
1956-57 NBA Boston Celtics* 44 28 .611 1 4.78 88.5 84.0 -4.9 Won Finals R. Auerbach (44-28) B. Sharman (10.4)
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/13/2017.

 

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