Auerbach lit his victory cigar frequently
April 28, 1966 - In his last game on the bench, Red Auerbach lit up one more victory cigar. The Boston coach felt plenty satisfied as he puffed away with less than a half-minute left as the Celtics won their eighth consecutive championship, and ninth in 10 years, with a 95-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 in Boston Garden.
The Celtics scored the first 10 points of the game and increased their lead to 59-40 early in the third period. After Auerbach lit his cigar, the Lakers scored two late baskets to make the final score close. Bill Russell, who after Game 1 was named to replace Auerbach as coach, grabbed a game-high 32 rebounds and scored a team-high 25 points.
Auerbach, 48, will remain as Boston's general manager. He compared this championship to a poker game. "You remember how it is when you win a few pots and suddenly after the biggest killing you say you're going home. All the others want to kick the hell out of you. They want to get back at you before you quit.
"But I didn't say after this game I was going out. I said it last January. They all had their shots at me and the time to do it. But we beat them all. They had that run at us and that's what makes me so satisfied about this championship and retirement."
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