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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Bird, Celtics deliver third title in six years
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


June 8, 1986

Having lost only once all season at Boston Garden, it is expected the Celtics will wrap up their third championship of the 80s today. With Larry Bird at the top of his game, the Celtics deliver.

Bird turns the parquet floor into his personal stage with his third triple-double of the playoffs and second of the Finals. In winning his second Finals MVP, he scores 29 points, grabs 11 rebounds and has 12 assists in leading the Celtics to a 114-97 pounding of the Houston Rockets in Game 6.

"Larry Bird," says Boston coach K.C. Jones, "is where he wants to be. He has reached the pinnacle of basketball."

"I saw him take on five guys by himself," said Houston's Jim Petersen. "He's the best. At times, he doesn't seem to need teammates."

The Celtics are giddy in the locker room, acting more like teenagers who have won a high school title. "And we get $45,000, too," says guard Danny Ainge, slapping high fives with everyone. "Pow. We get $45,000, too."





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