Round: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 11-May 22
Winner: Celtics, 4-3
This series between the Hawks and Celtics was relatively uneventful until its thrilling conclusion. The two teams both successfully defended home court through the first four games before trading road wins to force a deciding Game 7 in Boston Garden.
Dominque Wilkins was determined to capitalize on the opportunity. Of course Larry Bird is no pushover, so what ensued was the definitive battle of superstars. For all of the icons in his day-Magic, Isiah, Michael- none of them engaged Bird in a gunfight of this magnitude like 'Nique. Wilkins scored 47 points and had Atlanta on the brink of an upset before Bird poured in 20 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to put Boston over the top.