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Bird, Celtics soar past Rockets for 14th title

Updated: May 11, 2001, 3:10 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 14, 1981

Houston Rockets center Moses Malone predicts the Boston Celtics will be drinking Gatorade, not champagne, after Game 6 of the Finals. Wrong.

The Celtics are gulping champagne after winning their first title in the Bird era. Larry Bird, in his second season with Boston, had scored only 8, 8 and 12 points in the previous three games, but breaks out tonight with 27 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in Boston's 102-91 victory in Houston.

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