Round: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Date: 5/18/2008
Final Score: Celtics: 97 Cavaliers: 92
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In a game reminiscent of the famous Bird-Wilkins shootout from 20 years earlier, Paul Pierce and LeBron James engaged in an epic one-on-one duel in Boston. Both Pierce (41 points) and James (45 points) had it going all game long, and although the Celtics never trailed, there was little to separate the teams throughout. With the Celtics up three and a chance to close out the game from the free-throw line, Pierce hit the back iron on the first shot but saw the ball drop straight in to give the Celtics enough of a cushion to ensure their victory.