Basketball: Better to Die than Lose

The way the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers play it, Dr. Naismith would never recognize his game. Champions and challengers, East and West, old pros and ambitious upstarts, they are basketball's Hatnelds and McCoys. In nine games during the regular season, the Celtics won four, the Lakers five, and each time it was a kneeing, elbow-digging blood feud. The Celtics, perennial champions of the National Basketball Association, jeered at Laker talk that Los Angeles was the "basketball capital of the world." The Lakers called Boston a "bush town." Last week...

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