Celtics sign Marbury; Cousy gives 28 assists in 173 point game

This was the most significant day in Boston Celtics’ history when Stephon Marbury signed as an unrestricted, free agent for the Celtics in 2009. The New York native decided to sign with the Celtics after he was bought out by the New York Knicks in the wake of a falling out with the then-head coach of the Knicks, Mike D’Antoni.

But the Marbury era was short in Boston. He was a former Georgia Tech star and finished one of the worst seasons in his NBA career wearing green and white. His play fell significantly in most of the counting stats.

Marbury averaged 3.8 and 3.3 points in 23 regular-season Celtics games in 2008-09, which was a significant improvement on his career rates at 19.3 and 7.6 points per game. He was a part of 14 playoff games. Boston lost the second round series to Orlando in seven.

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The following season, Boston only offered the veteran’s minimum to Marbury, which the veteran summarily dismissed.

Instead, the Coney Islander went to China for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), and he was a successful player and coach.

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It’s also the date of a game legendary Boston point guard Bob Cousy dished out 28 assists in 1959, then an NBA record.

It came in a game against the (then) Minneapolis Lakers (now, Los Angeles) in Boston’s (and the NBA’s) highest-scoring game in history, a 173-139 obliteration of the Lakers.

The Phoenix Suns matched the scoring record in 1990, and the assist record stood until Scott Skiles broke it with 30 assists in one game — also in 1990.

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