On this day in Boston Celtics history, the NBA would cancel a game between the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers a day after the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks that occurred in 2013. The move was made out of respect for the victims of the bombing after an initial postponement, and the game was ultimately not rescheduled.
The cancellations did not impact the postseason, as seeds that could have otherwise have been impacted were already locked into their position, marking the most recent season the NBA has had an odd number of regular-season games as a result, with 1,229 games played.
An NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators was also canceled on the day of the Marathon bombings which was also to be held at TD Garden.
It is also the date the Celtics finished their season with 66 wins and 16 losses just one season after going 24 – 58. It would be good for the record of the greatest single-season turnaround in NBA history.
BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: Former Boston Celtics player Paul Pierce #34 stands with the 2008 NBA Championship trophy during his number retirement ceremony after a game between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 11, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
The win came with a 105 – 94 win over the then-New Jersey Nets, and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen mostly rested, letting reserve forward Leon Powe score 27 points to lead the team, and reserve guard Tony Allen added 18. “I’m glad we finished off the season on a winning note despite me, Kevin and Ray not playing our normal minutes,” Pierce said via ESPN. “We’ll enjoy it tonight. But we’re a team on a mission starting tomorrow.” This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=49040,49036,49013,49010] [listicle id=49043]