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Legacy teams boost NFL's style of parity

Updated: February 3, 2011, 9:58 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

On Sunday, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers engaged in a rarity: a regular-season NBA game that actually mattered to both teams. The Celtics' important road win was heightened by the specter of their tense, shared history and the tantalizing projections of what could occur should both meet in the NBA Finals for a third time in four years.

The Celtics-Lakers vibe, which for drama and imagination, overwhelmed that of the star-driven but team lacking Heat-Thunder matinee. ...

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