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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Cousy, Celtics set NBA records
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 27, 1959

Bob Cousy, the Celtics' magical playmaker, shatters the NBA record for assists by getting 28 in Boston's record-breaking 173-139 victory over the Minneapolis Lakers. The previous mark had been 21, set by the New York Knicks' Richie Guerin.

In the next 40 years, only two players (Scott Skiles with 30 and Kevin Porter with 29) will surpass Cousy's performance.

Cousy also scores 31 points, second to Tommy Heinsohn's 43, as the Celtics, playing without Bill Russell, score the most points ever in a regulation NBA game. (The Phoenix Suns will tie the record in 1990.) With 52 points in the fourth quarter, Boston breaks by 27 the mark of 146 set by the St. Louis Hawks. The Celtics connect on 72-of-143 field-goal attempts.

League president Maurice Podoloff is shocked when he hears the result. He says he will query officials of both teams to determine whether defensive assignments were faithfully carried out or whether the teams "were goofing."

"One hundred and seventy-three to 139!" Podoloff says in disbelief. "That's unbelievable."

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