On this day in Boston Celtics history, the storied franchise set a record for the ages by holding their opponent on the night to the fourth-lowest score in their ball club’s seven-plus decades of existence.
That record would be set in the team’s very first season of existence (1946-47) — incidentally, also the first season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA, a precursor league to the NBA) — in a game that was played just two days after Boston set a record for the second-lowest score an opponent was held to, a 48-43 win over the (now defunct) Pittsburgh Ironmen.
The Celtics nearly duplicated the feat in a 52-46 win over the New York Knicks on Jan. 25, 1947.
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Boston was led by 17 points from forward Al Brightman, with big man Connie Simmons chipping in 16 more.
Only one player on New York’s roster broke double digits with a dozen points, that being forward Bud Palmer.
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It is also the date of a 38-point performance from Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas on this date in 2017.
IT also pulled down 5 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in the 120-109 home win over the Houston Rockets for one of the best all-around regular-season games of his career.
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