On March 3, 1985, Kevin McHale one of the Celtics’ famed “Big Three” had the game of his life versus the Detroit Pistons. McHale left the game with 1:25 remaining with 56 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks, and four assists. The Celtics crushed the Pistons 138-129 at the Garden.
Kevin McHale broke the Boston Celtics’ record for most points in a single game which was held by Larry Bird. Bird scored 53 two years earlier.
Larry praised McHale’s performance by saying, “There aren’t too many times you have an opportunity to score that many points. Kevin will probably not score that many again. Today he was awesome; he deserved it.”
Bird added, “He should have gone for 60.”
Indeed, McHale should have gone for 60. No record is safe with Larry Joe Bird on your team.
The Celtics would travel to New Orleans to face the Atlanta Hawks on March 12, 1985.
New Orleans is known as the “Big Easy” and Larry Bird made it look very easy on this night.
The 10,079 people who crammed into the tiny University of New Orleans arena had no idea what they were about to witness.
Just nine short days after McHale broke his team record for scoring, Larry Bird put on a shooting performance for the ages.
It was an offensive clinic and Bird was the teacher.