On this day: Red’s 1,000th win; Barros’ 3-pt streak ends; Wilkins born

On this day in Boston Celtics history, iconic head coach and general manager Arnold “Red” Auerbach secured the 1000th win of his head coaching career with the storied franchise in a 114-102 home win at the old Boston Garden over longtime rival Los Angeles Lakers in 1966.

Auerbach initially joined the team in 1950 to become the franchise’s third head coach after stints leading the (now defunct) Washington Capitols and (then) Tri-Cities Blackhawks (now, Atlanta Hawks). The New Yorker quickly rose to prominence as a consummate professional obsessed with winning at a time when many organizations were quite far from actually being organized.

Never mind something we would refer to as “professional.”

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Dick Raphael-USA TODAY Sports

And while it took him six seasons to create a contender, once he got the ball rolling in the mid-1950s, his Celtics seldom missed winning it all until he ceded the role of head coach to iconic big man Bill Russell at the end of the 1965-66 NBA season.

His final campaign not only saw him surpass the 1,000-win mark, but it also ended with Boston winning a title against the same team, the Lakers, for Auerbach’s ninth title as a coach.

Dana Barros Celtics
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It is also the date of a less festive record, the end of former Celtic guard Dana Barros’ 89-game 3-point streak.

It certainly wasn’t for lack of effort. Barros launched nine 3s in a 105-92 loss to the New York Knicks on Jan. 12, 1996.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa
AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The streak, which began on Dec. 23, 1994, stood as a record for 26 years until broken by Kyle Korver, who hit treys in 127 consecutive games between Nov. 4, 2012, and March 2, 2014.

The record is held by Stephen Curry, who stretched the record to 157 consecutive games between Nov. 13, 2014 to Nov. 3, 2016.

Dominique Wilkins
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Today is also the birthday of former Celtic Dominique Wilkins, who was born on this day in 1960.

Wilkins, who joined the Celts for one season as his career began to wind down, managed a noteworthy performance with the club, averaging 17.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

The aging star moved on to play in Europe, unwilling to slog through what was at that time a rebuilding Celtics team.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire