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Warriors Thump Celtics, 128-122, in San Francisco

Feb. 27, 1963 - Playing their best game since they moved to San Francisco, the Warriors thumped the world champion Boston Celtics in the most decisive manner imaginable at San Francisco’s Cow Palace last night. There were 6,491 spectators on hand to see the first San Francisco triumph ever scored over Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and company in NBA history. The final score was 128-112. The crowd gave a standing ovation to Cousy, who was making his final San Francisco appearance after a brilliant 13-year career in pro basketball. But the longest and loudest applause belonged to the San Francisco team — not Wilt Chamberlain alone, not Guy Rodgers alone, not Willie Naulls alone, not George Lee alone. This was a case of San Francisco’s team play beating the outfit that normally makes everyone else’s teamwork appear shoddy. Chamberlain turned in one of his greatest all-around performances and completely overshadowed Bill Russell, the hub of Boston’s defense. Wilt hauled in 30 rebounds, notched 34 points, and was second only to Rodgers in assists with 8.


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