Oct. 20, 1962 - Bill Russell got the Boston Celtics off to a fast start tonight, and the NBA champions crushed the New York Knicks, 149-116, before a record opening-game crowd of 10,705 at Boston Garden. The Knicks, who had won two straight, never came close as the Celtics sprinted to a 26-13 lead after 5 minutes. At the half, Boston was in front, 80-59. Then Sam Jones went on a scoring rampage, and the Celtics opened the bulge to 103-67 midway through the third period. Seven Celtics scored in double figures. The closest to Jones, who scored 25, were Russell and Tom Heinsohn, each with 20 points.
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