Video: Larry Bird Played His Legendary Left-handed Game 37 Years Ago Today

Back in the 1980’s nobody dominated Boston sports like Larry Bird. Numerous stories, dramatic wins, 3 NBA championships, and 3 consecutive MVP awards created the persona of Larry Legend. Few performances demonstrated his legendary talent more than his famous triple-double “lefty” game that he had 37 years ago today against the Portland Trailblazers.

In Portland on February 14, 1986, Bird played much of the Friday night game left-handed. Though he didn’t play exclusively with his left hand against the Trail Blazers, Bird did nail 10 of his 21 field goals with his “off” hand. He finished with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Also, it was his 14-foot fadeaway with three defenders in his face that won the game for the Celtics, 120-119, in overtime.

“I’m saving my right hand for the Lakers,” Bird said. The Celtics went on to beat the Lakers two days later, 105-99. Bird, had 22 points and 18 rebounds in that game.