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BREAKING SPORTS: 12:15am 6-6-08 NBA Finals Game 1: Celtics Beat Lakers 98-88 in Boston
Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 10:22pm

BOSTON, MA From CNNSi (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING  NBA FINALS  12:15am  6-6-08  In the past 10 NBA Championship series between the Celtics and the Lakers, Boston leads the series 8-2 over Los Angeles. Tonight, the Celtics used the home court advantage, and lots of tenacity to down the Lakers, 98-88 in Game #1 of the 2008 NBA Finals. 

Click here to listen as former NBA legend Willis Reed talks with Tom Pace from "The Talk of the Town", about his career, his retirement, and the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. 

CNNSi filed this report from the AP: Sprawled near the edge of the famed parquet floor, Paul Pierce grabbed his throbbing right knee and wondered if his first NBA finals - the ones he had always dreamed of playing in - were finished. 

''A lot was going though my head,'' Pierce said. '''It can't be over like this.''' The Boston Celtics ' captain wouldn't quit. He came back out, carrying the franchise's title hopes with him.

Pierce, who as a kid growing up in Los Angeles used to sneak into Lakers games, returned from a knee injury to inspire and lead Boston to an emotional and tense 98-88 victory on Thursday night in Game 1 of these tradition-soaked NBA finals. 

Pierce's dramatic return after being carried from the court and then wheeled down a hallway for treatment will be added to the annals of Celtics-Lakers finals lore, taking a spot alongside Magic Johnson's baby sky hook and Kevin McHale's clothesline of Kurt Rambis. 

Pierce's comeback drew immediate comparisons to Willis Reed, the former New York Knicks great who once hobbled onto the court of Madison Square Garden before Game 7 of the 1970 finals against the Lakers. Some of the savvy Celtics fans chanted Reed's name in tribute. 

''I wasn't trying to imitate him,'' Pierce said. ''I'm just glad I was able to get back out there.''


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