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Clutch Bird outduels Wilkins, Celtics win series

Updated: May 18, 2001, 12:03 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 22, 1988

It's the seventh game of the Eastern Conference semifinals and on the Boston bench, the players are saying the duel between Larry Bird and Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins "is like the shootout at the old corral."

The modern-day gunslingers are firing one bull's-eye after another. Wilkins is phenomenal, scoring 47 points, including 16 in the final period. But it's not enough. The Celtics win 118-116 in Boston Garden, thanks to the heroics of the sharpshooting Bird.

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