I remember watching this game at my grandparent’s house in my hometown of Chester–home of Tyreke Evans, Kevin Jones and Jameer Nelson. My family moved to Delaware and I remember being so mad I had to miss some the game (a pre-season game) because of the ride up top. This was a true rivalry, so anytime they played was a big game.
I grew to respect his talent, but I couldn’t stand Larry Bird. He was too good and would embarrass you with his court savvy. Whenever he took a shot, I would look away–hoping the hated Boston Garden crowd didn’t cheer as it dropped. Bird was killing the Sixers–he had 42 before the ejection–while Doc had only hit for his legendary number up to that point. Bird used to talk so much shit on the court and this game was no exception. Doc just couldn’t take it anymore and started something Chuck and Moses finished. Teams did not play back in the day and stood up for one another at any cost–not like this little sissy, pick socks with flip flops stuff they do today and get suspended games for.