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Celtics' Game 1 win inspired by Pierce's injury, comeback

Updated: June 6, 2008, 1:52 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce feared the worst when he heard a "pop" in his right knee in the first game of the NBA Finals.

Then he got back to the locker room, tested his legs, and realized his first real chance at a championship wasn't over yet.

"I thought that was it," Pierce said Thursday night after scoring 22 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-88 in Game 1 of the finals. "You know, I think God just sent this angel down and said, 'Hey, you're going to be ...

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