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Celtics back on top after Kareem-ing Bucks

Updated: May 10, 2001, 12:17 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 12, 1974

For the first six games of the NBA Finals, the Celtics played Milwaukee center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar straight up. Today in Game 7, Boston coach Tom Heinsohn changes his strategy -- and it works to perfection.

"Dave Cowens got in front of him and Paul Silas and Don Nelson helped out behind," says John Havlicek, the Finals MVP. "It disrupted them and they couldn't quite make the adjustment."

With the Celtics ganging up on the 7-foot-2 Abdul-Jabbar, they ...

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