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This Date In Celtics History: An original 'Big Three' leads C's to NBA Finals victory

This Date In Celtics History: An original 'Big Three' leads C's to NBA Finals victory

Four decades before the "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevi Garnett and Ray Allen united in Boston, a different trio of Celtics stars was dominating opponents.

We're talking about John Havlicek, Bill Russell and Don Nelson, who were historically great exactly 52 years ago on this date.

In Game 5 of the 1968 NBA Finals on April 30, 1968, Havlicek, Russell and Nelson each posted at least 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists — the first and only time that three Celtics accomplished that feat in the same playoff game.

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Here were there final stat lines:

Havlicek: 31 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists
Russell: 22 points, 25 rebounds, six assists
Nelson: 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists

That record still stands to this day.

More importantly, their efforts powered the Celtics to a thrilling 120-117 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers to give Boston a 3-2 series lead. The C's then won Game 6 to capture their 10th NBA championship.

Here are a few other notable April 30 performances from the C's, who are 8-5 all-time in games played on this date:

April 30, 2018: Speaking of successful trios ... Terry Rozier (29 points), Jayson Tatum (28 points) and Al Horford (26 points) lead the Celtics to an Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 1 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the first three Celtics players to tally at least 26 points in the same playoff game since 1987.

April 30, 1985: Larry Bird silences the "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons, racking up 42 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Boston's 121-114 win in Game 2 of their second-round matchup.

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This Date In Celtics History: Sam Jones sinks Lakers with NBA Finals buzzer-beater

This Date In Celtics History: Sam Jones sinks Lakers with NBA Finals buzzer-beater

The Boston Celtics' history of excellence goes way back. Case in point: They had already won their 11th NBA championship by 1969.

A key moment that led to Boston's 11th title came on April 29, 1969 -- 51 years ago Wednesday -- in Game 4 of the Celtics' NBA Finals matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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With seconds left in an ugly defensive battle at the Boston Garden, John Havlicek found an open Sam Jones, who hit an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to give the Celtics a thrilling 89-88 win.

 

The victory knotted the series at 2-2, and Boston went on to win in seven games to capture their ninth title of the decade.

Here are a few other notable April 29 performances from the C's, who are 7-4 all-time in games played on this date:

April 29, 1984: Larry Bird does it all with 23 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and two blocks to lead the Celtics past the Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

April 29, 1981: Trailing three games to one in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics stave off elimination by edging the Philadelphia 76ers 111-109 in Game 5. You know what happens next.

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Classic Celtics: Watch best games from 2008 Celtics' championship run

Classic Celtics: Watch best games from 2008 Celtics' championship run

The 2007-08 Boston Celtics were the perfect storm of talent, chemistry and grit.

They were also incredibly fun to watch.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series is all about the 2008 Celtics this week, as we'll re-broadcast three of the most memorable games from a historic season that saw the "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen lead Boston to its 17th NBA championship.

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Here's a rundown of this week's "Classic Celtics" games:

Monday, April 27: Opening Night vs. Wizards; Nov. 2, 2007
The "Big Three" take the court for the first time and immediately showcase their potential. Pierce, Garnett and Allen combine for 67 points as the C's wallop the Wizards 103-83 at TD Garden.

Wednesday, April 29: 2008 Eastern Conference Second Round Game 7 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Pierce and LeBron James square off in an epic duel with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on the line. James goes off for 45 points, but Pierce adds 41 points of his own to lead the Celtics to a 97-92 victory.

Friday, May 1: 2008 NBA Finals Game 1 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Celtics set the tone in Game 1, getting 24 points and 13 rebounds from Garnett to down the Lakers 98-88. Boston goes on to win in six games and capture another NBA title.

Each of the three broadcasts begins at 8 p.m. ET, with several key members of that 2008 squad -- including center Kendrick Perkins, guard Eddie House, head coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge -- joining Brian Scalabrine (also a member of the '08 Celtics) for special color commentary.

Here's how to watch:

When: Monday, April 27; Wednesday, April 29; and Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams app

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