Larry Bird didn't have to score in bunches to leave his impact on a game.
The Boston Celtics legend couldn't find his shooting stroke on this day 33 years ago -- May 19, 1987 -- during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons.
Bird shot just 31.8 percent from the floor (7 for 22) to finish with 18 points and even committed six turnovers. But the Celtics great stuffed the rest of the stat sheet, adding 16 rebounds and 11 assists to finish with a triple-double in Boston's 104-91 win.
May 19, 1987— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) May 19, 2020
Larry Bird has a triple-double (18 pts, 16 reb, 11 ast) to lead the Celtics to a (104-91) win over the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons.
I got a hunch Bird is going to make a big steal later on in this seriespic.twitter.com/Nle9R0zozO
It was one of 10 career playoff triple-doubles for Bird, which is tied for the fourth-most in NBA history. Robert Parish also was a menace was for the C's in this game, scoring a game-high 31 points on 10 for 12 shooting.
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Here are two other notable May 18 performances from the C's, who are 3-4 all-time in games played on this date:
May 19, 1984: Bird has no trouble scoring in this one. Larry Legend drops 28 points on 10 for 18 shooting as the Celtics jump out to a 3-0 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
May 19, 1982: Bird's 20 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists help the C's stay alive against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of the East Finals. Boston would lose the series in seven games, though.