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Get fired up for Celtics-Raptors with best moments in C's Game 7 history

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Stop us if you've heard this before: The Boston Celtics are facing a winner-take-all Game 7.

The Celtics' Eastern Conference semifinal series finale Friday night against the Toronto Raptors will be the 33rd Game 7 in franchise history, the most of any NBA team.

It's also the third Game 7 for Brad Stevens' Celtics in the last four years, as Boston will hope for a better result than its loss to LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.

These stats should give Celtics fans confidence entering Game 7

More often than not, though, Game 7s have been kind to the NBA's most storied franchise: The Celtics are 23-9 all-time in Game 7s.

Those 23 wins were all memorable in their own way, but a few stand out in Celtics lore:

  • A double-overtime win in Game 7 of the 1957 NBA Finals to clinch the franchise's first championship.
  • John Havlicek's iconic steal to seal Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Celtics' record in Eastern Conference semifinal Game 7s since 1980
6-2
  • Larry's Bird epic duel with Dominique Wilkins in Game 7 of the 1988 East Semifinals.
  • Paul Pierce getting the best of LeBron James in Game 7 of the 2008 East Semifinals.

What history will be made in Friday's Game 7 as the Celtics aim for their third East Finals appearance in four years?

As you wait for the 9 p.m. ET tipoff, relive the best Game 7 moments in Celtics history in the video player above.