On this day: Larry Bird’s left-handed game; Edney, Babb born

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On this day in 1986, legendary Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird played his iconic left-handed game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The game was a 120-119 overtime road win at Moda Center in Portland, and on a lark the Celtic great decided to shoot heavily with his off hand, his left. Bird produced a ridiculous 47 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and 2 blocks in 49 minutes of floor time. Larry Legend hit 21 of his 34 field goal attempts, 10 of which he shot left-handed, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.

After the game, the media asked Bird why he shot so much with his off hand, to which he replied "I’m saving my right hand for the Lakers." Sure enough, when Boston played Los Angeles two days later, they won again, 105-99, with The Hick From French Lick scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists.

Former Celtic shooting guard Chris Babb was also born on this date in 1990 in Arlington, Texas. Babb went undrafted out of Iowa State and was picked up by Boston on a 10-day contract after time playing with their G League developmental affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. He parlayed that into a multi-year deal before being dealt to the Golden State Warriors along with Gerald Wallace for David Lee, and averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 boards per game in the 14 games he played for the team. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsji8FAnK8Q

It is also the birthday of former Boston point guard Tyus Edney, born this day in 1973 in Gardena, California. Edney signed with the Celtics in the summer of 1997, and played in 52 games for Boston, averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists per game before leaving in free agency to join the Indiana Pacers the following season. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?SC=rP7WothnFf-1152828-8380&autoplay=on&V=2&format=json [listicle id=46216]

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