Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Larry Bird Sets Boston Celtics Scoring Record

On March 12, 1985,  Larry Bird scores a Boston Celtic record 60 points in a single game.

Boston Celtics great Larry Bird (left) with Atlanta Hawks great Dominque Wilkins (right).

During his career Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale.

Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star, earning the All-Star Game MVP once, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships, and earning the NBA Finals MVP twice.

His other awards included being named to the All-NBA First team nine times, All-NBA second team once, being named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1980 and was nominated to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He was a three-time Three-point Shootout champion from 1986-1988.

Due to chronic back problems, he retired as a player in 1992. He was a member of the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Bird was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, and he held that position until 2012. During his tenure as coach with the Pacers, Bird was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 1998 and NBA Executive of the year in 2012.

In addition to being part of the 50–40–90 Club, he is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

During his career Bird scored 21,791 points, averaging 24.3 points per game. He dished out 5,695 assists for an average of 6.3 per game and had 8,974 rebounds, averaging 10 per game over his entire career.