The NBA's most-decorated team avoided the biggest playoff collapse in league history and earned a chance to hang an unprecedented 18th championship banner from the rafters.
Paul Pierce had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and little-used backup Nate Robinson gave the Celtics a boost with 13 second-quarter points as Boston beat visiting the Orlando Magic, 96-84, last night, earning a chance to play for a second NBA title in 3 years.
The finals will begin Thursday in either Los Angeles or Phoenix. The Lakers lead the Suns, 3-2, in the Western Conference finals. Game 6 is today.
"We got back to moving the ball, playing good defense, not allowing them to shoot the three-point shot. That was the key," Pierce said.