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On this day: Larry Bird steals the ball; Bill Russell honored; 76ers sent fishing

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Boston Celtics legendary coach Red Auerbach embraces Celtics legendary center Bill Russell during a tribute for Russell at the FleetCenter in Boston, on Wednesday May 26, 1999.

“The one thing I don’t like about these [ceremonies] is they’re so serious,” said Russell via the Hartford Courant’s Alan Greenberg. The Celtics won 85-75 to advance to the conference finals against the Miami Heat.

It is also the anniversary of the Celtics eliminating the Philadelphia 76ers in a Game 7 win over their Atlantic Division rivals in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala during the fourth quarter of Game 7 in an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Boston. The Celtics won 85-75 to advance to the conference finals against the Miami Heat.

Paul Pierce chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds, and forward Brandon Bass scored 16 points as well.

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