James, Pierce Create Instant Classic

Celts-Cavs Game 7 one for the ages, writes Boston Globe columnist
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 5:36 AM CDT
James, Pierce Create Instant Classic
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the fourth quarter of a 97-92 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Boston last night.    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It was one for the ages, writes Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe about yesterday's Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 7 in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, thanks to a duel between Paul Pierce and LeBron James. Shaughnessy (and many other media observers) compares the duel to the storied 1988 matchup between Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins. Pierce scored 41 for the Celtics, while James put up 46 for the Cavs.

Pierce's teammate Kevin Garnett agrees: "That's Classic right there," said Kevin Garnett. "I look forward to seeing it on [ESPN] Classic in a couple of days." (More 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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