No matter where he goes, the Boston Celtics just keep on sticking to LeBron James’ trail. The mighty C’s of the Big Three era were James’ tormentors back in his initial tenure as a Cavalier and they creeped up to him even when he left for South Beach, although LeBron finally turned the tables against the Celtics that time. Fast forward to this day, no Kevin Garnett, no Paul Pierce, no Ray Allen, no Rajon Rondo, no Doc Rivers, and Kendrick Perkins is now wearing the Wine and Gold colors but the new-look Celtics still managed to arrange a date with The King for the first round of the 2015 Playoffs. With that, we countdown LeBron James’ top 10 moments against the Boston Celtics.
10 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics, March 3, 2015
It was a historic night for LeBron James as his bucket in the third quarter moved him past Ray Allen to the 21st spot in the NBA’s all-time scoring list (skip to the 4:11 mark of the video). James carried his Cavaliers to a dominating 110-79 conquest of the Boston Celtics to dust off a tough loss in Cavs’ previous game.
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9 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics, February 15, 2006
During a regular season game in February of 2006, LeBron James and Paul Pierce lit up the scoreboard and burned the statsheet in their most prolific duel ever. James had 43 points, 11 assists, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks while Pierce had 50 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists in a 113-109 Cavalier win.
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8 – Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat, Game 2 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Semis
LeBron James puts Kevin Garnett to shame with an emphatic block that sent the feisty Celtic back to Earth.
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7 – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics, March 18, 2013
In a regular season game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, LeBron James made a play that produced thunder all over the league. James caught an alley-oop pass from Norris Cole on the break and got some serious air for the throwdown. The lone casualty was Jason Terry whose Jet was unable to fly away for safety.
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6 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics, February 15, 2006
In a Cavaliers visit to the Celtics’ floor back in 2006, LeBron James put on a poster that featured teammate-to-be Delonte West. I don’t know what Delonte was thinking by getting in the way of that mean freight train but good thing he came out on one piece as he eventually found himself playing with LeBron a few years after.
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5 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics, Game 7 of the 2008 East Semis
Even though the Cavaliers lost this elimination game against the Celtics, LeBron James formed half of what’s probably one of the greatest playoff duels in history along with Paul Pierce. The two future Hall of Famers kept going at each other until the very last loose ball. James ended the night with 45 points while Pierce had 41 markers including the game clinching free throws.
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4 – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics, March 18, 2013
The Heat were in the midst of a historic winning run and LeBron James just didn’t want that to stop. The King buried an ice cold jumper over Jeff Green to extend the Heat’s winning streak to 23, eclipsing the Houston Rockets’ 22 game mark.
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3 – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics, Game 4 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Semis
After years, of frustration whenever he sees green, LeBron James has finally exorcised the Celtic ghosts that haunted him. James scored 10 straight points in the final two minutes to secure the victory, clinch the series, and eliminate the Boston Celtics.
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2 – Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics, Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals
LeBron James led the Miami Heat out of the tunnel in Boston to avoid another exit at the hands of the Celtics. Facing elimination, the Heat had their backs against the wall but James had other plans as he was scorching the whole game. He started out hitting 12 of his first 13 shots and ended up with 30 first half points. His mastery of the TD Garden hoop continued to end up with 45 points and 15 rebounds. The Heat went on to clinch the series.
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1 – Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 4 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semis
“LeBron James with no regard for human life!”. That perfectly describes LeBron’s ferocity when he threw one down over an all-time great in Kevin Garnett. He just made one of the greatest defender of all-time look like a helpless child in this poster.