This Date In Celtics History: Red Auerbach wins NBA title in final game as coach


It's only fitting that Red Auerbach lit a cigar after his final game as Boston Celtics head coach.

The Celtics legend coached guided Boston to nine NBA championships in his 16 seasons as head coach before taking over as team president.

Auerbach went out on top, too, coaching the C's to the 1966 NBA title over the rival Los Angeles Lakers.

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The series clincher came on April 28, 1966 -- 54 years ago Tuesday -- when the Celtics defeated the Lakers in a 95-93 thriller at the Boston Garden behind Bill Russell's 25 points and 32 rebounds.

After Boston held off a late Lakers rally, the celebration was on. Check out the video player above for more on Auerbach's legacy and his historic final game.


Here are a few other notable April 28 performances from the C's, who are 10-10 all-time in games played on this date:

April 28, 2018: Jayson Tatum (20 points, six rebounds, five assists) becomes the youngest player in NBA history with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a playoff game as the Celtics eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference first round, 112-96.

April 28, 2009: Kendrick Perkins stuffs the stat sheet with 16 points,19 rebounds and seven blocks as the C's edge the Chicago Bulls 106-104 in overtime of Game 5 of their first-round series.

April 28, 1990: The Celtics erupt for an NBA playoff record 157 points in a first-round win over the New York Knicks. Eight Boston players finished in double figures, led by Kevin McHale with 31 points.