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The 1984–85 Boston Celtics season was the 39th season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics entered the season as the defending NBA Champions, coming off an NBA Finals victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games, and increasing their NBA Finals victories over the Lakers to 8.

1984–85 Boston Celtics season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachK.C. Jones
Owner(s)Don Gaston
Alan N. Cohen
Paul Dupee
ArenaBoston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record63–19 (.768)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Lakers 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWBZ-TV
(Gil Santos, Bob Cousy)
SportsChannel New England
(Mike Gorman, Tom Heinsohn)
RadioWRKO
(Johnny Most, Glenn Ordway)
< 1983–84 1985–86 >

On March 3, 1985, Kevin McHale surpassed Larry Bird's Celtics single game scoring record when he netted 56 points against the Detroit Pistons.[1] Less than two weeks later, on March 12, Bird answered, scoring a career-high 60 points against the Atlanta Hawks.

In the playoffs, the Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the First Round in four games, the Detroit Pistons in the Semifinals in six games, and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Finals in five games to advance to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, they faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers, the team who they beat in last season's NBA Finals in seven games, and have beaten a total of 8 consecutive times in their NBA Finals matchups. However, the Celtics were defeated in six games by the Lakers, marking the first time the Celtics were defeated by the Lakers in the NBA Finals. This also marked the only time the Celtics lost the NBA Finals at home.

TriviaEdit

A majority of this team moved onto coaching later in their careers. Kevin McHale, Rick Carlisle, Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, and Sam Vincent have all coached in the NBA.[2][3]

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 24 Michael Young SF/SG   United States Houston
2 47 Ronnie Williams   United States Florida
3 70 Rick Carlisle G   United States Virginia
4 93 Kevin Mullin   United States Princeton
5 116 Todd Orlando   United States Bentley
6 139 Steve Carfino G   United States Iowa
7 162 Mark Van Valkenburg   United States Framingham State
8 184 Champ Godboldt   United States Holy Cross
9 206 Joe Dixon   United States Merrimack
10 228 Dan Trant   United States Clark

RosterEdit

Boston Celtics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 44   Ainge, Danny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) BYU
F 33   Bird, Larry (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Indiana State
G 28   Buckner, Quinn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indiana
G 34   Carlisle, Rick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Virginia
G/F 30   Carr, M.L. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Guilford
G 40   Clark, Carlos 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mississippi
G 3   Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Pepperdine
C 50   Kite, Greg 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) BYU
F 31   Maxwell, Cedric 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Charlotte
F/C 32   McHale, Kevin 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Minnesota
C 00   Parish, Robert 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Centenary College of Louisiana
G/F 8   Wedman, Scott 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Colorado
G 20   Williams, Ray 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Minnesota
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster

[4]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 35–6 28–13 19–5
x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5 34–7 24–17 15–9
x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21 27–14 15–26 13–11
x-Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23 28–13 12–29 11–13
New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39 19–22 5–36 2–22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 63 19 .768
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720 4
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5
4 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 17
5 x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21
6 x-Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
7 x-Chicago Bulls 38 44 .463 25
8 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 36 46 .439 27
9 Atlanta Hawks 34 48 .415 29
10 New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39
11 Indiana Pacers 22 60 .268 41



Record vs. opponentsEdit

1984-85 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–4 3–3 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 6–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 3–3 3–3 0–5 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–3
Boston 4–1 4–2 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 5–1 6–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 5–1
Chicago 3–3 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 4–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–2
Cleveland 3–3 0–6 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–5 2–3 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Dallas 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 2–4 2–0 5–1 3–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 4–1 4–2 5–0 1–5 1–1
Denver 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 5–0 2–4 2–0 4–2 2–3 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 4–1 3–3 3–2 4–2 2–0
Detroit 5–1 2–4 3–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–5 3–2 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3
Golden State 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 3–3 1–4 1–1
Houston 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 3–2 3–3 0–2
Indiana 0–6 1–5 4–2 2–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–4
Kansas City 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 3–2 0–5 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–4 3–2 2–4 1–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 2–3 0–6 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–5 2–3 2–4 3–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 1–1 5–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 5–1 3–2 3–3 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 4–2 4–1 3–3 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
New Jersey 3–3 1–5 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 3–3 6–0 2–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–2
New York 3–3 0–6 2–4 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 0–6 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–6
Philadelphia 5–0 3–3 5–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 4–2 1–4 2–0 3–2 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–4 5–1 3–2 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 4–2 2–3 2–0 2–3 5–1 1–5 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–2 4–2 3–2 1–1
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 4–1 2–4 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–3 4–1 1–5 0–2
Seattle 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–5 2–3 1–1 3–3 2–3 2–0 2–3 4–2 3–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–4 3–2 2–0
Utah 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–4 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–2 4–2 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 5–1 2–3 1–1
Washington 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–4 6–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1

Game logEdit

1984-85 Game Log
1984-85 Schedule

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Cleveland Cavaliers: Celtics win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 18): Boston 126, Cleveland 123
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 20): Boston 108, Cleveland 106
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 23): Cleveland 105, Boston 98
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 25): Boston 117, Cleveland 115

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Detroit Pistons: Celtics win series 4-2

East Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 12): Boston 108, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 14): Boston 106, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 18): Boston 105, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 19): Philadelphia 115, Boston 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 22): Boston 102, Philadelphia 100

NBA FinalsEdit

(E1) Boston Celtics vs. (W1) Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 27): Boston 148, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 30): Los Angeles 109, Boston 102
  • Game 3 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 2): Los Angeles 136, Boston 111
  • Game 4 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 5): Boston 107, Los Angeles 105
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 7): Los Angeles 120, Boston 111
  • Game 6 @ Boston Garden, Boston (June 9): Los Angeles 111, Boston 100

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular seasonEdit

* – Recorded statistics when playing for Boston

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Larry Bird 80 77 39.5 .522 .427 .882 10.5 6.6 1.6 1.2 28.7
Dennis Johnson 80 77 37.2 .462 .269 .853 4.0 6.8 1.2 .5 15.7
Robert Parish 79 78 36.1 .524 .000 .743 10.6 1.6 .7 1.3 17.6
Danny Ainge 75 73 34.2 .529 .268 .868 3.6 5.3 1.6 .1 12.9
Kevin Mchale 79 31 33.6 .570 1.000 .760 9.0 1.8 .4 1.5 19.8
Cedric Maxwell 57 51 26.2 .533 .000 .831 4.2 1.8 .6 .3 11.1
Ray Williams 23 5 20.0 .385 .261 .674 2.5 3.9 1.3 .2 6.4
Scott Wedman 78 5 14.4 .478 .500 .764 2.0 1.2 .3 .1 6.4
Quinn Buckner 75 6 11.4 .383 .000 .640 1.2 2.0 .8 .0 2.4
Carlos Clark 62 3 9.1 .421 .000 .774 1.1 .8 .6 .0 2.7
M.L. Carr 47 0 8.4 .416 .391 1.000 .9 .5 .4 .1 3.2
Greg Kite 55 4 7.7 .375 .000 .688 1.6 .3 .1 .2 1.6
Rick Carlisle 38 0 4.7 388 .000 .882 .6 .7 .1 .0 1.8

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit