This Date In Celtics History: C's limit LeBron James to his worst NBA game ever

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

LeBron James has played some of his best games ever against the Boston Celtics.

But guess what? James also played the literal worst game of his NBA career against Boston -- exactly 12 years ago Wednesday.

On May 6, 2008, the Celtics welcomed James' Cleveland Cavaliers to TD Garden for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Boston's defense tortured the Cavs star, who went 2-for-18 from the field (12 points) while committing 10 turnovers to finish with a "Game Score" (more on that metric here) of -0.7.

According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), that's LeBron's lowest Game Score in any of the 1,497 regular- or postseason games he's played.

The eventual champion Celtics didn't light up the scoreboard either, but rode their ferocious defense to a 76-72 win that set the tone for the series.

Here are two other notable May 6 performances from the C's, who are 7-3 all-time in games played on this date:

May 6, 1988: Dennis Johnson (19 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) records the only triple-double of his career to help the Celtics eliminate the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference First Round.

May 6, 1986: The Celtics demolish the Hawks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, holding Atlanta to just six points in the third quarter (second-fewest points in a quarter in NBA playoff history) in a 132-99 rout.

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