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Sam Jones Leads Celtics to Game 7 Victory Over Cincinnati, On To Finals

Apr. 10, 1963 - Boston fans have yet to see the Celtics drop a seventh playoff game on the Garden floor. Slick-shooting backcourt veteran Sam Jones saw to that tonight, coming up with a Celtics' single-game high of 47 points to lead the world champions to a 142-131 victory over the Cincinnati Royals before 13,909. Outplaying the great Oscar Robertson in a personal man-to-man duel, Jones scored on 18 of 27 shots from the floor and missed only 1 of 12 at the foul line. His previous single-game high was 37 points, made this year at Syracuse. Jones was in action 41 minutes, hitting 7 straight shots in the second period on his way to 19 for that session, and he also came up with 3 steals for the finest single-game exhibition of his career. Robertson scored 43 points, playing all but 15 seconds of the contest. Boston turned victory its way with a 40-point third quarter against the Royals' 29, as Sam scored 19 and Bill Russell owned the boards. Bob Cousy (pictured), determined not to go out with a loss, clicked for 21 points and handed out 16 assists, second high for the year for him, as he played 34 minutes. Tommy Heinsohn, culminating a brilliant series, scored 31 points in 35 minutes, including a daring hook that all but iced things late in the fourth quarter. So, once again it is on to the NBA final round for these masterful Boston Celtics, who always seem to produce when the chips are on the table.


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