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Classic Celtics: Celebrate legendary C's squad in 'Best of 1986 Week'

Classic Celtics: Celebrate legendary C's squad in 'Best of 1986 Week'

The Celtics have fielded some great teams over their history that have brought 17 NBA championships to Boston.

But perhaps none of those teams was greater than the 1985-86 Celtics.

That C's squad had an incredibly talented roster that featured five eventual Basketball Hall of Famers in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton and Dennis Johnson -- and the results showed.

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They went 40-1 at home -- an NBA record until the San Antonio Spurs tied it in 2015-16 -- and finished with 67 regular-season wins en route to winning the 1986 NBA title.

The 1986 Celtics played a beautiful brand of basketball, and you can watch that brand all week on NBC Sports Boston, which continues its "Classic Celtics" series on Monday, June 8, with "Best of 1986 Week."

Our network will re-broadcast five games in five nights from that historic 1985-86 season, concluding with two of the Celtics' NBA Finals games against the Houston Rockets.

Here's the full lineup for "Best of 1986 Week," with each re-broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston:

'Best of 1986' Week

Monday, June 8: Celtics vs. Lakers, Jan. 22, 1986
The Celtics dominate the Lakers in their first crack against their archrival after losing to Los Angeles in the 1985 NBA Finals.

Tuesday, June 9: Celtics vs. Trail Blazers, Feb. 2, 1986
The Celtics need overtime but squeak out a 1-point win in Portland to notch their 40th win of the season.

Wednesday, June 10: Celtics vs. Hawks, 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 5
The Celtics rout the Hawks in a 132-99 victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Thursday, June 11: Celtics vs. Rockets, 1986 NBA Finals Game 1
The Celtics set the tone in Game 1 of the 1986 NBA Finals with a 12-point win over Houston at the Boston Garden.

Friday, June 12: Celtics vs. Rockets, 1986 NBA Finals Game 4
The Celtics hand the Rockets their first home loss of the 1986 playoffs to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals.

The action begins Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, where Brian Scalabrine will be joined by several key players in these games for additional color commentary.

Here's how to watch:

When: June 8, June 9, June 10, June 11 and June 12, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams app

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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This Date In Celtics History: C's crush Lakers in 'Memorial Day Massacre'

This Date In Celtics History: C's crush Lakers in 'Memorial Day Massacre'

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers played some heated, tightly-contested NBA Finals games throughout the 1980s.

Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals was not one of them.

Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of the "Memorial Day Massacre," in which the Celtics absolutely eviscerated the Lakers with a 148-114 win at the Boston Garden.

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Danny Ainge scored 15 points in the first quarter to set the tone, but backup forward Scott Wedman was the hero in this one, going a perfect 11-for-11 from the floor to score 26 points off the bench.

As for the Lakers? Star big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored just 12 points and actually apologized to his teammates after the 34-point rout, which at the time was the most lopsided result in Celtics-Lakers history.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 27) but it also came in the NBA Finals:

May 27, 1976: A 20-2 run in the third quarter powers the Celtics to a 105-90 win over the Phoenix Suns, giving them a 2-0 series lead in the 1976 NBA Finals.

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