Sport: Switch in Style

All through the long professional basketball season, the Boston Celtics had lost to the St. Louis Hawks only twice—each time by only two points. Starting the playoffs for the National Basketball Association championship, they seemed to be sticking to the same pattern: St. Louis won in double overtime, 125-123. While St. Louis won two more by one basket, the only formula they seemed to know, the Celtics stayed in the series by taking three; their winning margin ran as high as 20 points a game.

In the deciding game in the Boston Garden last...

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