"The ghost of Red" free throw by Pierce
With the Celtics leading 95-92 in that same Game 7, Pierce stepped to the line with a chance to put the game away. His first free throw was long; the ball landed with a thud on the back of the rim, took a high bounce, and fell through the net. Pierce would make the second free throw, and after the game he credited Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach for giving him some divine intervention.
"The ghost of Red just looking over us," said Pierce. "I think he kind of tapped it in the right direction."