1988-89 Boston Celtics Game-by-Game Results

National Basketball Association (NBA)
Team Record: 42-40
Finishing 3rd in the NBA's Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference
Postseason: 0-3 Lost conference first round
Conference First Round - Lost to Detroit Pistons 3-0
Coach: Jimmy Rodgers (42-40)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 611,537, Avg. 14,916 in 41 home dates
1988-89 Boston Celtics Statistics
1988-89 Boston Celtics Roster

The Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association ended the 1988-89 season with a record of 42 wins and 40 losses, finishing third in the NBA's Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team compiled a postseason mark of 0-3.

Boston netted 8,958 points and surrendered 8,863. Kevin McHale tossed in a team-best 1,758 points for the Celtics, while Robert Parish and Reggie Lewis scored 17 or more per game, too. Robert Parish contributed 996 boards. Dennis Johnson and Brian Shaw apiece dished out 472 assists for the squad.

On the defensive side of the ball, Reggie Lewis added 124 steals.

Jimmy Rodgers coached the team. The 1988-89 Boston Celtics lost in the conference first round.

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Regular Season Points For: 8958
Regular Season Points Against: 8863

Date Game Res Home Road Record
November 4, 1988 New York Knicks 115 at Boston Celtics 122 W 1-0 0-0 1-0 OT
November 5, 1988 Boston Celtics 115 at Philadelphia 76ers 129 L 1-0 0-1 1-1
November 9, 1988 Chicago Bulls 110 at Boston Celtics 104 L 1-1 0-1 1-2
November 11, 1988 Detroit Pistons 116 at Boston Celtics 107 L 1-2 0-1 1-3
November 12, 1988 Boston Celtics 100 at Milwaukee Bucks 108 L 1-2 0-2 1-4
November 15, 1988 Boston Celtics 84 at Miami Heat 65 W 1-2 1-2 2-4
November 16, 1988 Golden State Warriors 104 at Boston Celtics 107 W 2-2 1-2 3-4
November 18, 1988 Washington Bullets 108 at Boston Celtics 114 W 3-2 1-2 4-4
November 19, 1988 Boston Celtics 104 at Washington Bullets 108 L 3-2 1-3 4-5
November 22, 1988 Cleveland Cavaliers 114 at Boston Celtics 102 L 3-3 1-3 4-6 at Hartford, CT
November 23, 1988 Charlotte Hornets 109 at Boston Celtics 114 W 4-3 1-3 5-6
November 25, 1988 Milwaukee Bucks 96 at Boston Celtics 115 W 5-3 1-3 6-6
November 26, 1988 Boston Celtics 91 at Atlanta Hawks 104 L 5-3 1-4 6-7
November 29, 1988 Boston Celtics 100 at New Jersey Nets 93 W 5-3 2-4 7-7
November 30, 1988 New Jersey Nets 100 at Boston Celtics 133 W 6-3 2-4 8-7
December 2, 1988 Boston Celtics 84 at Cleveland Cavaliers 112 L 6-3 2-5 8-8
December 6, 1988 Boston Celtics 100 at Chicago Bulls 105 L 6-3 2-6 8-9
December 7, 1988 Atlanta Hawks 106 at Boston Celtics 103 L 6-4 2-6 8-10
December 9, 1988 Philadelphia 76ers 107 at Boston Celtics 121 W 7-4 2-6 9-10
December 13, 1988 Boston Celtics 105 at Washington Bullets 115 L 7-4 2-7 9-11
December 14, 1988 Utah Jazz 104 at Boston Celtics 112 W 8-4 2-7 10-11
December 16, 1988 Los Angeles Lakers 96 at Boston Celtics 110 W 9-4 2-7 11-11
December 18, 1988 New York Knicks 104 at Boston Celtics 117 W 10-4 2-7 12-11
December 21, 1988 Cleveland Cavaliers 115 at Boston Celtics 114 L 10-5 2-7 12-12
December 27, 1988 Boston Celtics 109 at Denver Nuggets 130 L 10-5 2-8 12-13
December 29, 1988 Boston Celtics 115 at Dallas Mavericks 131 L 10-5 2-9 12-14
December 30, 1988 Boston Celtics 112 at San Antonio Spurs 99 W 10-5 3-9 13-14
January 3, 1989 Boston Celtics 107 at New York Knicks 109 L 10-5 3-10 13-15 OT
January 4, 1989 Phoenix Suns 106 at Boston Celtics 104 L 10-6 3-10 13-16
January 6, 1989 Charlotte Hornets 92 at Boston Celtics 115 W 11-6 3-10 14-16
January 9, 1989 Los Angeles Clippers 84 at Boston Celtics 119 W 12-6 3-10 15-16
January 11, 1989 Indiana Pacers 127 at Boston Celtics 108 L 12-7 3-10 15-17
January 12, 1989 Boston Celtics 106 at New Jersey Nets 103 W 12-7 4-10 16-17
January 15, 1989 Boston Celtics 104 at Chicago Bulls 110 L 12-7 4-11 16-18
January 16, 1989 Boston Celtics 87 at Detroit Pistons 96 L 12-7 4-12 16-19
January 18, 1989 Boston Celtics 104 at Philadelphia 76ers 115 L 12-7 4-13 16-20
January 20, 1989 Philadelphia 76ers 109 at Boston Celtics 117 W 13-7 4-13 17-20
January 22, 1989 Detroit Pistons 99 at Boston Celtics 112 W 14-7 4-13 18-20
January 25, 1989 Boston Celtics 94 at Indiana Pacers 103 L 14-7 4-14 18-21
January 27, 1989 Sacramento Kings 116 at Boston Celtics 128 W 15-7 4-14 19-21
January 29, 1989 Miami Heat 103 at Boston Celtics 121 W 16-7 4-14 20-21
January 31, 1989 Boston Celtics 103 at Washington Bullets 110 L 16-7 4-15 20-22
February 1, 1989 Boston Celtics 107 at Charlotte Hornets 94 W 16-7 5-15 21-22
February 3, 1989 Washington Bullets 108 at Boston Celtics 117 W 17-7 5-15 22-22
February 5, 1989 Seattle Supersonics 89 at Boston Celtics 87 L 17-8 5-15 22-23
February 8, 1989 Indiana Pacers 102 at Boston Celtics 109 W 18-8 5-15 23-23
February 14, 1989 Boston Celtics 123 at Houston Rockets 137 L 18-8 5-16 23-24
February 16, 1989 Boston Celtics 114 at Utah Jazz 129 L 18-8 5-17 23-25
February 17, 1989 Boston Celtics 126 at Phoenix Suns 135 L 18-8 5-18 23-26
February 19, 1989 Boston Celtics 110 at Los Angeles Lakers 119 L 18-8 5-19 23-27
February 21, 1989 Boston Celtics 91 at Seattle Supersonics 96 L 18-8 5-20 23-28
February 22, 1989 Boston Celtics 99 at Sacramento Kings 91 W 18-8 6-20 24-28
February 24, 1989 Milwaukee Bucks 112 at Boston Celtics 125 W 19-8 6-20 25-28 at Hartford, CT
February 26, 1989 Boston Celtics 110 at New York Knicks 122 L 19-8 6-21 25-29
February 28, 1989 Boston Celtics 112 at Charlotte Hornets 87 W 19-8 7-21 26-29
March 1, 1989 Atlanta Hawks 90 at Boston Celtics 104 W 20-8 7-21 27-29
March 3, 1989 Dallas Mavericks 106 at Boston Celtics 107 W 21-8 7-21 28-29
March 4, 1989 Boston Celtics 95 at New Jersey Nets 98 L 21-8 7-22 28-30
March 8, 1989 Chicago Bulls 95 at Boston Celtics 104 W 22-8 7-22 29-30
March 12, 1989 Denver Nuggets 115 at Boston Celtics 121 W 23-8 7-22 30-30
March 13, 1989 New Jersey Nets 91 at Boston Celtics 114 W 24-8 7-22 31-30 at Hartford, CT
March 16, 1989 Boston Celtics 111 at Indiana Pacers 99 W 24-8 8-22 32-30
March 17, 1989 Boston Celtics 98 at Detroit Pistons 106 L 24-8 8-23 32-31
March 20, 1989 San Antonio Spurs 108 at Boston Celtics 119 W 25-8 8-23 33-31
March 21, 1989 Boston Celtics 86 at Milwaukee Bucks 98 L 25-8 8-24 33-32
March 24, 1989 New York Knicks 111 at Boston Celtics 115 W 26-8 8-24 34-32
March 26, 1989 Philadelphia 76ers 103 at Boston Celtics 105 W 27-8 8-24 35-32
March 28, 1989 Boston Celtics 115 at Philadelphia 76ers 117 L 27-8 8-25 35-33 OT
March 29, 1989 Portland Trail Blazers 97 at Boston Celtics 106 W 28-8 8-25 36-33
March 31, 1989 Houston Rockets 109 at Boston Celtics 126 W 29-8 8-25 37-33
April 2, 1989 Boston Celtics 100 at Cleveland Cavaliers 117 L 29-8 8-26 37-34
April 4, 1989 Boston Celtics 124 at Los Angeles Clippers 108 W 29-8 9-26 38-34
April 6, 1989 Boston Celtics 118 at Golden State Warriors 132 L 29-8 9-27 38-35
April 7, 1989 Boston Celtics 100 at Portland Trail Blazers 113 L 29-8 9-28 38-36
April 10, 1989 New Jersey Nets 112 at Boston Celtics 113 W 30-8 9-28 39-36
April 13, 1989 Boston Celtics 118 at Atlanta Hawks 132 L 30-8 9-29 39-37
April 14, 1989 Cleveland Cavaliers 104 at Boston Celtics 113 W 31-8 9-29 40-37
April 17, 1989 Boston Celtics 113 at Charlotte Hornets 108 W 31-8 10-29 41-37 OT
April 18, 1989 Washington Bullets 121 at Boston Celtics 113 L 31-9 10-29 41-38
April 20, 1989 Boston Celtics 117 at New York Knicks 137 L 31-9 10-30 41-39
April 21, 1989 Boston Celtics 110 at Indiana Pacers 120 L 31-9 10-31 41-40
April 23, 1989 Charlotte Hornets 110 at Boston Celtics 120 W 32-9 10-31 42-40
April 28, 1989 Boston Celtics 91 at Detroit Pistons 101 L 0-0 0-1 0-1
April 30, 1989 Boston Celtics 95 at Detroit Pistons 102 L 0-0 0-2 0-2
May 2, 1989 Detroit Pistons 100 at Boston Celtics 85 L 0-1 0-2 0-3