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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Havlicek sets career, team record
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 1, 1973

John Havlicek's on fire. The 11-year veteran scores 54 points, a career high and a Celtics' playoff record, in a 134-109 rout of the Atlanta Hawks in the opening game of the first round in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The amazing thing about Hondo's performance is that he gets his points strictly from the flow of the game.

"The only time we ran a specific play for him was the basket that broke 50," says Celtics coach Tom Heinsohn. A back-door pass from Dave Cowens on an inbounds play enables Havlicek to score an uncontested layup and gives him 52 points, one more than the Boston record of 51 set by Sam Jones.

Havlicek makes 24-of-36 field-goal attempts and is 6-of-6 from the foul line. He also has nine rebounds and six rebounds in playing all 48 minutes.

The Celtics captain scores the first eight points of the game. He has 30 at halftime and 43 after three periods. To the chagrin of the crowd, he goes scoreless in the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. But then he breaks loose for 11 points in the last 6 minutes.

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