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Burying The Celtics

Philadelphia's biggest wins against the Celtics.

Burying The Celtics

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Philadelphia and Boston has a long professional basketball relationship — 512 games (regular season and playoffs) dating back to the first meeting between the Warriors and the Celtics on Nov. 26, 1946.

Only once in that long history, did a Philly team beat Boston by a larger margin than by the 32-point spanking they administered on them Wednesday night.

Here are the six largest victories by Philadelphia teams over the Celtics:

 Date  Club  Score  Margin    Leading Scorers
 Oct. 29, 1966  76ers  138-  96  42  Hal Greer 26, Luke Jackson 19
 March 7, 2012  76ers  103-  71  32  Evan Turner 26, Elton Brand 18
 March 22, 1981    76ers  126-  94  32  Julius Erving 24, Maurice Cheeks 18
 Nov. 20, 1987  76ers  116-  85  31  Charles Barkley 22, Cliff Robinson 21  
 Oct. 29, 1960  Warriors    131-103    28  Paul Arizin 28, Wilt Chamberlain 26
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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