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Bird had eye for victory

Updated: June 9, 2001, 12:12 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Game May 26, 1987 - Normally, Larry Bird beat a team with his dead-eye shooting. But tonight, he whipped Detroit with his anticipation of a pass, and then his ability to make the right split-second decision.

Leading by a point, the Pistons were poised to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Division finals after Bird's shot was blocked by rookie Dennis Rodman and the ball went out of bounds off Boston's Jerry Sichting. Pistons guard Isiah Thomas took the ball out from the side ...

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