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June 8,
1987

June 8, 1987
The Celtics fought off the young, upstart Detroit Pistons in seven games to make their fourth straight trip to the Finals, with plenty of help from the leprechauns at the Boston Garden. In Game 5 Bird made his famous steal of Isiah Thomas' inbounds pass and found Dennis Johnson for the game-winning layup; in Game 7 Detroit's Adrian Dantley and Vinnie Johnson butted heads scrambling for a loose ball near the end of the third quarter, sending Dantley to the hospital and Johnson to the bench.

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