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Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce: the deciders

In a winner-take-all Game 7, those two superstars will determine the NBA title

Originally Published: June 16, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

There are too many reasons to pinpoint exactly why the NBA season has come down to a single game for only the third time in the last 16 years.

Among them are the Celtics' no-shows in Games 1 and 6 of the Finals, which could cost them a title. The Lakers' rise and fall in Game 4, a 96-89 loss, will not be forgotten, either, should the fourth-seeded Celtics win Game 7 in Los Angeles. Boston did that the last time these two teams played a deciding game there, also as the fourth-seeded ...

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