Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boston Wins 75-67 in Fifties Flashback

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boston Wins 75-67 in Fifties Flashback

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The Boston Celtics beat defense-minded Cleveland at its own game, overcoming a 25-point first half and winning 75-67 Wednesday night in Boston as the Cavaliers tied a team record for fewest points in a game.

Cleveland led 40-25 at halftime as Boston equaled a club record for fewest points in one half. Then the Cavaliers matched their own record for their lowest scoring half with 27 points.

Dominique Wilkins gave Boston the lead for good on a 12-footer in the lane, Making the score 60-58 with 5:11 remaining. It was 69-67 when Wilkins, who missed all eight of his first-half shots, hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds to go that made it 72-67.

Cleveland took three more shots but couldn't score again, leaving it tied for the team record of 67 points set against Portland on Nov. 19, 1977.

The Celtics record of 25 points in a half was set Feb. 27, 1955, in the second half against the Milwaukee Hawks. Cleveland set a team record for fewest points allowed in a half, beating the mark of 27 in the second half against Miami on Dec. 17, 1991.

Magic 110, Mavericks 92: Anfernee Hardaway scored 20 points and Shaquille O'Neal had 19 in three quarters as Orlando improved to 23-1 at home.

Orlando reached the All-Star break with a 37-10 record - best in the Eastern Conference - and is 10 games ahead of last year's pace, when the Magic won a franchise-record 50 games.

Despite losing 11 of its past 13 games, Dallas (18-28) is the only team in the league that has already exceeded last season's victory total (13). The Mavericks were 4-42 after 46 games a year ago.

Knicks 96, Pacers 77: Patrick Ewing had 24 points, a season-high 22 rebounds and five blocks for New York. John Starks also had 24 points, including five 3-pointers, and the visiting Knicks overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat Indiana for the sixth straight time in the regular season and the 12th time in 13 meetings.

Indiana, which pushed the Knicks to a seventh game before losing the Eastern Conference finals last year, was led by Reggie Miller's 22 points. But the star of last year's playoff series made only seven of 17 shots.

Hawks 111, Nets 88: Steve Smith scored a career-high 35 points as Atlanta routed short-handed New Jersey. …

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