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THE PLAY THAT WON THE TITLE

April 26, 1965
April 26, 1965

Table of Contents
April 26, 1965

Yesterday
Braves
Jack Nicklaus
  • The record-tying round that Nicklaus shot on the third day of the tournament was the most overpowering in the long history of the Masters. Eight of his drives were more than 300 yards. Twice his second shot on par-5 holes was a five-iron. Fifteen times he had birdie putts of 25 feet or less. Only twice was he in the rough. Here he assesses each stroke of his fabulous round and offers some insights on how a lot of skill and a little luck added up to 64.

Liston
Morley
Conservation
Horse Racing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

THE PLAY THAT WON THE TITLE

The game was not basketball at its best. It was ragged, and most of the players were braced, taped and bandaged, the weary survivors of a pro season that had started back in dim memory. But it had an air of epic desperation: it was Boston against Philadelphia for the Eastern Division title, and each had won three games in this best-of-seven series. This one was win or die. In the flurries of the final encounter the Celtics first led, then lagged and finally pulled ahead—with 35 seconds left to play—at 110-103. But the 76ers, led by Wilt Chamberlain, who had joined the team at midseason and had propelled them this far, closed the gap to 110-109. One basket would win it for Philadelphia. There were five seconds to shoot it—more than enough time in pro play. The 76ers called time out and decided on their strategy. When play resumed, Guard Hal Greer prepared to throw the ball in, the Celtics tried to anticipate Philadelphia's plan, and 13,909 spectators held their breath. Then came the critical play shown in these unique pictures.

This is an article from the April 26, 1965 issue Original Layout

As apprehensive Celtic fans leave their seats and ring the court (A), K. C. Jones (No. 25) tries to cut off Greer's throw-in and John Havlicek (No. 17) correctly anticipates the play. Philadelphia's plan is for Greer to throw to Chet Walker, take a return pass and shoot. Havlicek moves to intercept (B), and then, with a magnificent leap, beats Walker (C) to the ball. He deflects it toward Sam Jones (No. 24), who is cutting toward him. Jones has the ball (D) and the Celtics have the title as Jones dribbles away the last seconds.

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