Bill Russell’s top five performances against the Detroit Pistons

Bill Russell (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Bill Russell’s top-5 games against the Detroit Pistons

No. 1: Russell, Russell, and more rebounds

It was destined for Bill Russell to be one of the greatest players that ever graced the court. It was obvious at the University of San Francisco he was something special, winning two collegiate championships before playing professionally.

Early in his career he proved to be a difference maker in winning and that’s exactly what he was.
In January of 1959 he had one of the greatest rebounding games ever recorded. The 39 rebounds were the second most of his career, posting 40 boards four times and 39 four times. He added 20 points on 9/20 shooting making this one of the best games in his illustrious career.

This helped him notch another win to add to his impeccable record. That’s who Bill Russell the basketball player was, a proven winner. We will never see someone come into the league and impact winning the way he did. These are just five of his games, he played over one hundred games against the Pistons and his intent to win them all. He finished his playing career with a 87-18 record against the Detroit Pistons, so he wasn’t far from achieving it.

The conclusion

The jersey number six should be retired league-wide, and I am sure Adam Silver will show the gratitude and respect for Bill Russell not just as a basketball player but as a human. His legacy as a player is only surpassed by his work as an activist, teacher and leader. As new legends emerge let’s never forget the greatest winner in professional sports Mr. Bill Russell.

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