|Both teams played hard, but the Lakers prevailed.|
- The 2009-10 Boston Celtics started the season on fire, going 23-5 through Christmas Day '09. After that, the C's went 27-27, finishing the season as the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, and many pundits anticipating an early exit from the playoffs. But the veteran team led by All-Stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo swept through Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the first round before stunning league MVP LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers -- who had an NBA best 61-21 record -- in the second round, and rolling past Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Finals matched the Celtics with their historic rival Los Angeles Lakers for the 12th time in NBA history and the second time in three years. The C's took a 3-2 series lead on the Lakers after winning Game 5 in Boston and would have to head back to L.A. to close out. The Lakers stomped the Celtics by 22 points in Game 6, but Boston was in control for most of Game 7, leading by as many as 13 points. But the Lakers rallied late in the 4th quarter behind the home crowd to defend the NBA crown with an 83-79 win.
|Pedroia won the 2008 AL MVP -- but no championship.|
|Boston fans know 3-0 series comebacks from both sides.|
|Brady is 14-5 career in the playoffs; 0 for the last 3.|