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Anniversary of ‘Beat L.A.’

05.23.09 at 7:32 pm ET
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The chant that carried the Boston Celtics through last season’s NBA Finals originated 27 years ago today. On May 23, 1982 the Philadelphia 76ers were on the verge of eliminating the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Rather than cheer against the victors, the Garden crowd bellowed ‘€œBeat L.A.’€ as encouragement for the Sixers to defeat the Lakers in the championship round. The Lakers won the title in six games.

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