|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 14, 2013 at 5:35 AM|
In Game 3, the Lakers raced to an easy 137-104 victory as Magic dished out 21 assists, an NBA Finals record. After the game, Bird said his team played like "sissies" in an attempt to light a fire under his teammates. It was Boston's worst playoff defeat in franchise history to that date.
In game 4 the Celtics responed, it was marked by Kevin Mchale's clothesline takedown of Rambis on a breakaway layup which triggered the physical aspect of the rivalry.Larry Bird would go after Kareem later on in the third quarter, and 1981 Finals MVP Maxwell further antagonized the Lakers by following a missed Worthy free throw by crossing the lane with his hands around his own neck, symbolizing that Worthy was "choking" under pressure. Also, Bird pushed Cooper to the baseline following the inbound play during the second quarter.
In Game 4, the Lakers had a five point game lead with less than a minute to play, but made several execution errors, including Magic's bad pass to Parish late in the 4th quarter as the Celtics tied the game and then came away with a 129-125 victory in overtime.
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