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The Celtics got it done and after 10 long years Paul Pierce is in the NBA Finals. A huge fourth quarter for the Celts as they outscore the Pistons 29-13 and erased a 10 point second half deficit to take the win 89-81.
Pierce scored 27 points but the play of KG, Rondo and James Posey really brought the Celtics attack full circle. Boston shot more than 60% from the field in the fourth and send the Pistons home packing for yet another season.
It’s the first time since 1987 that the Celtics will be in an NBA Finals and for Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen, a combined 160+ playoff games without a Finals appearance. The Celts stepped up on the road and scored their second victory of the series away from the TD Banknorth Garden.
Game 1 of the NBA FINALS begins next Thursday against the L.A. Lakers. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?