On this date in history, May 14, 1981, the Boston Celtics won their 14th NBA Championship.
The six game series against the Houston Rockets, featuring Moses Malone, was surprising for a couple of reasons, primarily because Houston was in the series at all. The Del Harris coached Rockets entered the playoffs with the worst regular season record of all 12 playoff teams (40 - 42). Needless to say, nobody thought they'd fight their way into the NBA Finals. Once they made it in to the championship round, most thought a Celtics sweep was inevitable, except the Rockets of course.
Game one went to the Celtics. That game will be a part of NBA history forever , not so much because of the outcome, but because it featured one of Larry Bird's greatest moments. Watch the clip below where you'll see this moment captured as Bird's #1 playoff moment of all time. The picture is a hint, but watch the clip for the real thing.
Game two went to the Rockets 92 - 90. The Celts blew out the Rockets in Houston 94 - 71 to take game three. Game four to Houston at home 91 - 86. Game five was back in Boston with the Celtics in another blowout, 109 - 80. The sixth and final game was in Houston with the boys in green topping the Rockets 102 - 91. The inevitable ultimately happened, but the Rockets made sure that it was a series to be remembered.
Celtics 1980 - 81 Championship Roster
Coach: Bill Fitch