23 years ago on November 30, 1990, Boston Celtics legend, Larry Bird, scored his 20,000th career point. The Celtics improved to 12-2 that day by beating the Washington Bullets 123-95. Bird finished the game with 21 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks. Even at the age of 33 and almost 34, Larry Legend was able to dominate the box score.
At the time, Larry Bird became only the fifth player in league history to gather 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists in a career. The other four players were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Celtics great John Havlicek, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West. 80 percent of these players played for either the Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers, two of the greatest organizations in NBA history.
The Celtics finished second in the Eastern Conference with a 56-26 record in the 1990-91 season. It was the second to last year that the Celtics’ big three or Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish would play together. In the playoffs, the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers in five games, and later lost to the Detroit Pistons in the conference semifinals.
The 1991 Celtics were similar to the ones of the last few years. The roster was very talented, but did not have enough left in the tank to compete against young and energetic teams like the Pistons. Bird and company’s window for a fourth championship had been closed. It was an end of a golden era in Boston.
Larry Bird is arguably the best Celtics player in the franchise’s rich history. He’s in the conversation among players like Bill Russell and Havlicek to be the no. 1 Celtic. Larry’s 20,000th point is an extraordinary milestone, and he is a true hero in Boston.