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NBA Playoffs: Celtics Top Warriors in Fight-Filled Contest

Apr. 1, 1962 - The defending champion Boston Celtics built a 23-point first-half cushion and held on through a brawling fourth period today to beat the Philadelphia Warriors, 119-104. Thus, the Celtics took a 3-2 lead in the 4-of-7 NBA playoff series. Bill Russell scored another rebounding decision over Chamberlain, 26-14. Chamberlain scored 30 points to 29 for Russell. One player, Tom Heinsohn of the Celtics, was ejected during a wild fourth period marked by three player fights. Several punches were struck by both sides, and Sam Jones of the Celtics brandished a photographer’s stool to ward off Wilt Chamberlain during one scuffle. Referees, policemen, ushers, and other players separated them while fans flooded onto the court. The battle appeared over until a Boston reserve, Carl Braun, and Al Attles of Philadelphia started swinging behind the basket. Play was resumed after Referee Sid Borgia had ruled that no fouls would be called despite the battling. However, a minute later, Guy Rodgers of the Warriors picked up the same stool Jones had when he was threatened by Jim Loscutoff of Boston. When a fan tried to get at Rodgers, he was intercepted by a police sergeant. That fan and two others were ejected from the Boston Garden. Once again, no fouls were called. Thirty seconds later, Heinsohn crashed into Ted Luckenbill of the Warriors and was ejected immediately.

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