Celtics 89 Pistons 81 – Things looked bleak for Boston at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Down double digits, the Celtics refused to give up and went on a 10-0 run to tie the game. After a couple minutes of exchanging baskets, Paul Pierce took over. Something eerily similar to what we saw Kobe Bryant do Thursday night, “The Truth” scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth (11 of Boston’s last 17). This was a night when Boston could have given up. Especially after that horrible charge call by Bennett Salvatore on Pierce behind the three point line. But it was the veteran leadership and the desire to get to a place that the Celtics have not been to in 21 years that kept them focused.
The Pistons had their chance to force a game 7, but couldn’t close the deal with a commanding lead. They even had a chance to comeback with under two minutes to go, but couldn’t even get a shot off. In a play that will forever live in Celtics-Pistons history, James Posey, who was playing for a benched Ray Allen snuck up on Tayshaun Prince in the backcourt and knocked the ball away. Instead of having a chance to cut the lead to three or two, Boston increased their lead to seven after Pierce made two free throws. That about sealed the game as it was a free throw shooting contest for the C’s after that.
The win sets up and renews one of the greatest rivalry’s in sports history, Lakers-Celtics. Kobe Bryant leads the hottest team in the league against the team with the best overall record. It is KB24, Pau, and Lamar vs KG, Pierce, and Allen. We are in for a treat as the series starts on Thursday. NBA executives couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario. I am so looking forward to it, hopefully you are to.