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Celtics Even Series Against Royals

Mar. 29, 1963 - Tom Heinsohn’s scoring and Bill Russell’s rebounding led Boston in a third-quarter breakaway tonight, and the Celtics drove to a 125-102 victory over Cincinnati’s Royals, squaring their Eastern Division final playoff series in the NBA at 1-1. A crowd of 11,102 in Cincinnati — the largest ever to see a Royals game — saw their heroes play the Celtics evenly in the first half, but ragged play dogged the Royals after the intermission, and they fell steadily behind. The Celts took charge in the third period, outscoring Cincinnati 38-23. Oscar Robertson went on a scoring spree in the second quarter, helping Cincinnati come from 10 points back to a 56-54 halftime edge. Russell wound up top scorer for Boston with 26 points and staged a one-man show in rebounding with 24. Heinsohn followed him with 22 points. Robertson’s 28 points was high for the game.

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