1984–85 Boston Celtics season

The 1984–85 Boston Celtics season was the 39th season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics entered the season as the defending NBA Champions, coming off an NBA Finals victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games, and increasing their NBA Finals victories over the Lakers to 8.

On March 3, 1985, Kevin McHale surpassed Larry Bird's Celtics single game scoring record when he netted 56 points against the Detroit Pistons. Less than two weeks later, on March 12, Bird answered, scoring a career-high 60 points against the Atlanta Hawks.

In the playoffs, the Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the First Round in four games, the Detroit Pistons in the Semifinals in six games, and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Finals in five games to advance to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, they faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers, the team who they beat in last season's NBA Finals in seven games, and have beaten a total of 8 consecutive times in their NBA Finals matchups. However, the Celtics were defeated in six games by the Lakers, marking the first time the Celtics were defeated by the Lakers in the NBA Finals. This also marked the only time the Celtics lost the NBA Finals at home.

Trivia

A majority of this team moved onto coaching later in their careers. Kevin McHale, Rick Carlisle, Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, and Sam Vincent have all coached in the NBA.

Draft picks

Roster

Roster listing
Boston Celtics roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G/F44United StatesAinge, Danny6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)175 lb (79 kg)BYU
F33United StatesBird, Larry (C)6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)220 lb (100 kg)Indiana State
G28United StatesBuckner, Quinn6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)190 lb (86 kg)Indiana
G34United StatesCarlisle, Rick6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)210 lb (95 kg)Virginia
G/F30United StatesCarr, M.L.6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)205 lb (93 kg)Guilford
G40United StatesClark, Carlos6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)210 lb (95 kg)Mississippi
G3United StatesJohnson, Dennis6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)185 lb (84 kg)Pepperdine
C50United StatesKite, Greg6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)250 lb (113 kg)BYU
F31United StatesMaxwell, Cedric6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)205 lb (93 kg)Charlotte
F/C32United StatesMcHale, Kevin6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)210 lb (95 kg)Minnesota
C00United StatesParish, Robert7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)230 lb (104 kg)Centenary College of Louisiana
G/F8United StatesWedman, Scott6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Colorado
G20United StatesWilliams, Ray6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)188 lb (85 kg)Minnesota
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season

Season standings



Record vs. opponents

Game log

1984-85 Game Log
1984-85 Schedule

Playoffs

East First Round

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Cleveland Cavaliers: Celtics win series 3-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 18): Boston 126, Cleveland 123
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 20): Boston 108, Cleveland 106
  • Game 3 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 23): Cleveland 105, Boston 98
  • Game 4 @ The Coliseum, Richfield (April 25): Boston 117, Cleveland 115

East Conference Semifinals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Detroit Pistons: Celtics win series 4-2

East Conference Finals

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 12): Boston 108, Philadelphia 93
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 14): Boston 106, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 18): Boston 105, Philadelphia 94
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 19): Philadelphia 115, Boston 104
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 22): Boston 102, Philadelphia 100

NBA Finals

(E1) Boston Celtics vs. (W1) Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 27): Boston 148, Los Angeles 114
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 30): Los Angeles 109, Boston 102
  • Game 3 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 2): Los Angeles 136, Boston 111
  • Game 4 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 5): Boston 107, Los Angeles 105
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 7): Los Angeles 120, Boston 111
  • Game 6 @ Boston Garden, Boston (June 9): Los Angeles 111, Boston 100

Player statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game

Regular season

* – Recorded statistics when playing for Boston

Awards and records

Transactions

See also

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