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Classic Celtics: Watch two historic C's playoff rallies on 'Comeback Sunday'

Classic Celtics: Watch two historic C's playoff rallies on 'Comeback Sunday'

If you need a little inspiration to cap off your weekend, tune in to NBC Sports Boston on Sunday night.

Our "Classic Celtics" series returns Sunday with a double dip of come-from-behind Celtics wins from the archives.

First, we'll rebroadcast Game 3 of Boston's Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the (then-) New Jersey Nets, in which the Celtics pulled off the largest comeback in NBA playoff history by rallying from a 26-point deficit to win 94-90.

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Immediately after that game, we'll take you to Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals, which saw Boston storm back from a 24-point hole to stun the Los Angeles Lakers in a 97-91 road victory.

We're calling it "Comeback Sunday," and it all begins Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with some special guest commentators.

Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine (who was a rookie on that 2002 Nets team) will give an on-air breakdown of Celtics-Nets, while former Celtics point guard Eddie House will join Scalabrine for the Celtics-Lakers game.

Here's how to watch:

When: Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams app

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Celtics-Lakers rivalry lives on in Cedric Maxwell-James Worthy Twitter exchange

Celtics-Lakers rivalry lives on in Cedric Maxwell-James Worthy Twitter exchange

More than three decades later, they're not letting it go.

Our re-airing of the 1984 NBA Finals Game 7, where the Celtics again beat the Lakers - this time for Banner 15 in Boston - led to more old rivalries than just the one between the NBA's flagship franchises heating up.

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It stirred the passions of some of the players from 36 years ago, too.

Cedric Maxwell, who famously told his C's teammates to "climb on my back boys" before that game, joined Brian Scalabrine for present-day commentary on the re-broadcast and heard from the Lakers' James Worthy afterward. 

Max, who gave Worthy the choke sign after the Lakers forward missed a key free throw in Game 5 of the series, responded to Worthy's tweet good-naturedly this time, but made sure to include a photo of the box score that is engraved on a silver platter commemorating the championship. If you don't want to zoom in, that's 24 points, eight rebounds for Maxwell, 21 points, four boards for Worthy.

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The exchange ended with Maxwell, now a Celtics radio analyst, inviting Worthy, who does Lakers TV in Los Angeles, on to Max's podcast, where they can "bag our trash."


 

Classic Celtics: Larry Bird battles Magic Johnson in 1984 NBA Finals Game 7

Classic Celtics: Larry Bird battles Magic Johnson in 1984 NBA Finals Game 7

Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson was one of the best rivalries in sports.

And it all came to a head on June 12, 1984, at Boston Garden.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series continues Friday night with an all-timer: Game 7 of the 1984 NBA Finals between the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.

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The 1984 Finals was the first time Bird and Johnson faced off in a championship since battling for the NCAA title in 1979. The series didn't disappoint, going a full seven games with two overtime contests along the way.

Game 7 came down to the wire, too, with Cedric Maxwell playing the role of hero to help the C's earn a 111-102 win and defeat their bitter rival for their 15th NBA title.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Lakers Game 7 begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday and will feature additional commentary from Maxwell, who led all scorers with 24 points.

Here's how to watch:

When: Friday, April 10, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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