Big Three checkpoint

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Winning 150 out of 200 games? Not bad. But the old Big Three did better.Boston's new Big Three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce played their 200th game together Wednesday, improving their overall record to 150-50 during that span with a win over the Blazers. Not too shabby. But the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Paris still hold an edge. According to ESPN researchers, that trio posted a 153-47 mark during their first 200 games together from 1980-83.

To be fair, it's a push when it comes to world titles: One apiece.

Asked about the success of the new Big Three after Wednesday's win, Garnett heaped all the praise on coach Doc Rivers for allowing the three superstars to be themselves. Rivers tossed all the play to the Big Three, noting, "They just want to win. We talk about it every day. I think that's the whole key. I have a competitive group of guys, it's in them."