The Boston Celtics honored a man who has described many of their games. They also played the kind of game he has so often described.
Robert Parish scored 22 points Monday night, leading eight Celtics in double figures for a 135-102 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics, losers of five in a row.In halftime ceremonies, Boston paid homage to long-time radio announcer Johnny Most. In the third quarter, Boston took control of the game with a 17-2 surge.
"We're a very unselfish team," said Boston's Dee Brown. "We just try to get it to the open guy nearest the basket."
The triumph was the Celtics' ninth in 10 games and improved their record to 13-3, best in the Atlantic Division. Seattle, which lost for the ninth time in 10 outings, drops to 4-9 on the season.
Most was honored for his 37 years as the Celtics' radio voice. A silver-plated microphone was put on permanent display on the facade of the radio booth where Most used to broadcast the games from "high above courtside."
The gravel-voiced Most, 67, retired before this season due to failing health.
The Celtics, who held a 50-35 rebounding advantage, shot 65 percent, hitting 56 of 86 field-goal attempts. The SuperSonics shot just 45 percent, hitting only 45 of 101 attempts from the floor.
"Anytime you come to the Boston Garden, your game has to be at your top," said Seattle's Xavier McDaniel. "If not, you see what happens."
For Boston, McHale added 18, Reggie Lewis had 16, Brian Shaw 14, Kevin Gamble 12, Larry Bird 11 and Brown and Joe Kleine scored 10 each.
For Seattle, Sedale Threatt scored 20 points, Shawn Kemp had 19 and Derrick McKey 17.