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Lakers Top Celtics as Selvy Shines

Jan. 4, 1963 - Frank Selvy (pictured), just about the only healthy Los Angeles Laker, took it upon himself to have the greatest night of his career tonight, and it was just good enough. A Los Angeles Sports Arena crowd of 9,470 plus an at-home audience watching over KHK-TV saw the Lakers blow a 20-point lead, then surge in the last 2 minutes to score a 125-123 victory over the world champion Boston Celtics. Laker star Elgin Baylor limped all night, and most of the others were just recovering from the flu, but “Pops” Selvy, the old man of Fred Schaus’s club, poured in 36 points in a fantastic effort. It was fitting that the veteran guard, more noted for his defensive play, should wind up his glittering performance by grabbing the rebound when Tom Heinsohn deliberately missed a free throw with three seconds remaining. With the ball in Schaus’s arms, the victory was sealed.


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