Bill Russell grabs 14 rebounds in one quarter vs. the Sonics

8 Nov

Boston Celtics’ center Bill Russell tied a record on Nov. 8, 1968 when he snatched 14 of his game-high 20 rebounds in one quarter against the Seattle SuperSonics. Russell tied the mark which was held by Wilt Chamberlain.

The game was an absolute doozy as the Sonics knocked off the NBA champs 114-112 in the Boston Garden (7,606 in attendance).

Bob Rule led the Supes with 37 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in the thrilling win. Al Tucker added 25 points and gathered 12 missed shots. “He really took me to school tonight. Rule’s got a tough shot for me to handle because he’s left-handed and he jumps so high,” said Russell to the media. “You have to try to do something different,” Rule said, “or he’ll get his timing down and reject everything you throw up.”

Rule connected on two free throws in the final minute to put Seattle up one, but the Celtics had one final chance to tie the score. Lenny Wilkens had a chance to ice the game at the free-throw line with a few seconds left, as he was awarded three-to-make two. He missed the last two free throws and the Celtics had one second to make something happen.

Boston inbounded the ball at mid-court and the looping high pass was caught by Russell who attempted a layin at the buzzer. The ball rimmed out and the Sonics won. “I just about had a heart attack,” said Sonics’ Head Coach Al Bianchi.

The next time the two teams met up was in Seattle on Nov. 20. The Celtics blasted the Sonics 139-92 in front of 7,021 at the Seattle Colisuem.

Seattle finished the season 30-52.


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