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Royals-Celtics Series Will Go to a Seventh Game

Apr. 7, 1963 - A superlative exhibition by the great Oscar Robertson paced Cincinnati to a rugged and well-deserved 109-99 victory over the Celtics before 7,745 at Boston Garden tonight to tie the Eastern NBA playoff series at 3 games apiece. Robertson scored 36 points, going the entire way for the fifth time in 6 games, and broke the backs of the Celtics as he scored 16 in a Royals' 18-point surge to give Cincinnati an 85-76 advantage entering the final quarter. Bob Cousy, off his game a bit with an under-par first half — 5 points in 16 minutes — was removed by Coach Red Auerbach at the 5:06 mark of the third period and failed to return to action. No one present could remember this ever happening in a playoff game where Cousy was involved. “He just wasn't playing well," said Auerbach. Overall, this was not one of the Celtics' better efforts. The Royals owned their defensive board and were extremely aggressive on the offensive boards, as their 80-67 advantage in rebounds clearly shows.


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