The Boston Celtics have one of the most storied franchise’s in all of pro sports. This is the ranking of the best single game scoring outputs in their long and glorious history.
10. Paul Pierce: on February 15th, 2006, Pierce dropped 50 on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 113-109 double overtime loss. That night Pierce hit 17 of 36 shoots from the floor along with 16 of 20 free-throws.
9. Larry Bird: normally Bird had epic battles with Atlanta Hawks star forward Dominique Wilkins, but November 10th 1989 wasn’t such a night. Wilkins finished with just eight points on 2 of 14 shooting while Bird went off. He knocked down 19 of 25 shoots from the floor including his lone 3-point attempt and 11 of 12 free-throws to score 50 in a 117-106 Celtics victory.
8. Bob Cousy: in an epic four overtime game against the Syracuse Nationals in the playoffs, Cousy made 30 of 32 free-throws according to NBA.com on his way to 50 points and a series clinching 111-105 win on March 21st, 1953.
7. Sam Jones: on October 29th, 1965, Jones made 21 shots from the floor and all nine of his free-throw attempts in a 108-106 loss to the Detroit Pistons on a night when no other Celtic player scored more than 13 points.
6. Ray Allen: On April 30th, 2009, Ray Allen had one of his most impressive shooting performances of his career putting up 51 points in a 128-127 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Allen 18 for 32 from the field including 9 for 18 from 3-point range in defeat.
5. Sam Jones: on March 28th, 1967, Jones carried the Celtics to a first round playoff victory over the New York Knicks with a 51 point performance. Jones made 19 shots from the field and 13 of 17 free-throws in a 118-109 victory in New York.
4. Larry Bird: on March 30th, 1983, Bird had one of the best showings of his legendary career making shooting 21 for 30 from the field and making all 11 free-throw attempts on his was to 53 points in a 142-116 blowout of the Indiana Pacers.
3. John Havlicek: after registering a season high of 37 points in 1973, Havlicek outdid himself by a long shot in the first game of the playoffs. On April 1st, 1973, Havlicek made 24 shots from the field and all six of his free-throw attempts to score 54 points in a 134-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
2. Kevin McHale: on March 3rd, 1985, McHale put his name on top of the Boston record books when he shot 22 of 28 from the floor and 12 of 13 from the free-throw line on his way to 56 points in a 138-129 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
1. Larry Bird: only nine days after Kevin McHale set the Celtics franchise scoring mark, Bird broke it by hanging 60 points on the Atlanta Hawks. On March 12th, 1985, Bird made 22 of 36 shots from the field and 15 of 16 free-throws in a 126-115 win in Atlanta.