On this day: Celtics become first team to 61 wins; Scott dealt for Silas

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On this day in Boston Celtics history, the franchise became the first team in NBA history to win 61 games in a single season in 1965, besting their own record from the 1961-62 campaign.

The big win came in a 106 – 98 victory over the (then) San Francisco (now, Golden State) Warriors at the old Boston Garden that saw iconic Celtics center Bill Russell lead Boston with 20 points, 41 rebounds and 4 assists to secure the win. Veteran guard Sam Jones added 24 points and 5 boards, and forward chipped in John Havlicek 22 points and 6 rebounds.

The Celtics would close the season with one more win to push the record to 62 wins with a victory over the (then) Cincinnati Royals on March 21.

It is also the date of when the Phoenix Suns dealt forward Paul Silas to the Celtics in 1972 for veteran guard Charlie Scott. It would take Boston until September of that year to convince Silas to actually suit up for Boston. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DOm1qONRcc

It took legendary Red Auerbach a lot of time to sell Silas on the move, but the two clicked and the Creighton product eventually signed on with enthusiasm. "I’d talk to him about basketball, about this, about that, whatever," Silas explained in an interview with Grantland's Jonathan Abrams. "It was just special. He was so smart and I began to love being there." This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [mm-video type=video id=01f0kkxbbrgmz3gxx7 playlist_id=none player_id=none image=https://images2.minutemediacdn.com/image/upload/video/thumbnail/mmplus/01f0kkxbbrgmz3gxx7/01f0kkxbbrgmz3gxx7-ccffcafd27889bea625e39969f2bb0c1.jpg] [lawrence-related id=47753,47729,47716,47677] [listicle id=47755]

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