Reliving Larry Bird's gutsy performance vs. Pacers in '91 series clincher


The Boston Celtics are getting ready for a first-round series against the Indiana Pacers. And with that series on the horizon, it gives us a chance to relive one of the greatest, gutsiest performances of Larry Bird's storied career.

During the first round of the 1991 NBA playoffs, the Celtics played against the Pacers in a best-of-five series. The series went the full five games and the clincher was an all-time performance from Bird.

In the game, Bird was able to score 32 points, grab nine rebounds, and dish out seven assists in the Celtics' 124-121 win over the Pacers. The impressive part was that Bird did all of this despite apparently getting hurt early in the game. After laying down on the court, he walked off and immediately headed to the locker room to get treatment.

Bird would return to the game and ignite a spark in the Celtics and help lead them to victory. After drawing a late-game and-one opportunity, Bird elicited this line from color commentator, Mike Fratello.

How many times does he drive that spike through your heart with shots like that?

Relive the game by watching the video above, or click here to see the full video.

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