Boston Celtics Top 25 Moments In Franchise History

BOSTON - 1996: Red Auerbach, former head coach and General Manager of the Boston Celtics poses for a portrait in front of Celtics championship banners in Boston Massachesetts in 1996. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Greg Foster/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - 1996: Red Auerbach, former head coach and General Manager of the Boston Celtics poses for a portrait in front of Celtics championship banners in Boston Massachesetts in 1996. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Greg Foster/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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3. Sweet 16

The Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish won their third and final NBA championship together in Boston when the Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets in six games in the 1986 Finals.

It was the franchise’s 16th World Championship and would be its last until 2008. The 1985-86 Celtics lost only one game at Boston Garden, finished with a 67-15 record and are widely considered one of the best single-season teams in NBA history. Coached by Hall of Famer K.C. Jones, Bird closed out the Rockets with a dynastic triple-double in Game 6, scoring 29 points, handing off 12 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Four members of the starting five are in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame (Bird, McHale, Parish and Dennis Johnson), along with sixth-man Bill Walton. Danny Ainge, the youngest player in the starting lineup, has been general manager/director of basketball operations in Boston since 2003.

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