Big 3 gives Boston 17th NBA title

BOSTON (AP) - This is why Paul Pierce stuck around when the losses mounted a few years ago. This is why Ray Allen was acquired as a draft-day consolation prize. And this is why Kevin Garnett left Minnesota for a chance to make it big in Boston.

The Big Three has won the Big One.

The Boston Celtics rode their three All-Stars to their 17th championship with a stunning offensive and defensive display in blowing by the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Pierce, the finals MVP, had 17 points and 10 assists in the clincher. Garnett had 26 points with 14 rebounds. Allen returned from a red-eye from the coast and a poked eye in the lane to add 26 points, including an NBA finals record-tying seven 3-pointers.

It was the first NBA title for each of them. It's the first for the league's most-decorated franchise since the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish won Number 16 in 1986.

Danny Ainge was the point guard for that team. He's the general manager for the one that won 66 games a season after winning 24 for
the biggest turnaround in NBA history.

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