On This Date in NBA History: May 23, The Beat L.A. Chant was Born



1982 – In Game 7 of the 1982 Eastern Conference Finals, the Philadelphia 76ers had a double-digit lead on the Boston Celtics with very little time left on the clock at the Boston Garden. After the teams pulled their starters with 26 seconds remaining, the Boston crowd began in unison, “Beat L.A. Beat L.A. Beat L.A.” Although the Celtics were not moving onto the NBA Finals, their fans did not want the rival Los Angeles Lakers to be victorious. However, the Lakers won the Finals in six games.

It is interesting that the Celtics, Lakers and 76ers all received single-digit picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. The three teams combined for 71 wins in 2013-14; by comparison, the San Antonio Spurs have won a combined 72 games in the regular season and playoffs. You might be able to tell from that statistic that these once-proud franchises are in rebuilding mode.

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