The series had the requisite bad blood (Bill Laimbeer and Larry Bird were ejected for fighting in Game 3, Robert Parish was suspended one game for hitting Laimbeer), improbability (Bird’s famous steal and feed to Dennis Johnson for a game-winning layup in Game 5) and tension (Game 7 had 19 second-half lead changes before the veteran Celtics eliminated the on-the-rise Pistons 117-114).

Best NBA Playoff Series - Celtics defeat Pistons | 1987 East Finals

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