(1985) Larry Bird Drops 60 On The Hawks & Causes The ATL Bench To Go Crazy
You know you are witnessing greatness when the bench of a losing team “celebrates” and acts like Kent Bazemore while an opposing player is torching their team. That opposing player was Larry Bird and the Bazemores I’m referring to are Scott Hastings, Tree Rollins, Eddie Johnson and Cliff Levingston of the 1985 Atlanta Hawks. They were all supposedly fined by Hawks coach Mike Fratello for their bench behavior.
But it was hard not to be a Bird fan in the final minutes of this Celtics victory. Larry Legend was talking his usual trash, calling his shots to defenders and the Hawks bench, and he scored the final 16 points of the game in a jaw-dropping manner.
In the week before this game, Kevin McHale was the dominant scorer, torching the Knicks for 42 after scoring a Celtics record 56 against the Pistons. Combine that along with a match-up against up-and-coming star and “future rival” Dominique Wilkins, you knew Bird was going to have a statement game. That statement came in the form of 60 points on 22 of 36 from the field and 15 of 16 from the line. He even had 7 boards and 3 assists, but the most shocking stat is he only made 1 (very dramatic) 3-pointer.