Celtics (51-15) vs. Houston (34-34)
March 5, 1980
Competing in a foot race with the Spurs for the final playoff spot in the East, the Houston Rockets fell to the Boston Celtics in overtime at the Summit, 103-99. Houston came up short despite a 30-18 performance from 24-year-old phenom Moses Malone.
The Rockets held the Celtics to a 38-point second half, not allowing the C’s to register 100 or more points in regulation for the first time in 23 games. Cedric Maxwell led the Green with 22 point and 11 boards, and the win marked a new season high for wins in a row with the team’s eighth straight victory. Bob Ryan from The Boston Globe detailed the 52nd win for Boston: