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The Celtics beat the Suns in triple overtime in the NBA Finals on this date in 1976

BOSTON - 1976: John Havlicek #17 of the Boston Celtics drives up court against the Phoenix Suns during a game in the 1976 NBA Finals played at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-2 and won the the 1976 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1976 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Celtics, led by Jo Jo White, prevailed at home in Boston over the Phoenix Suns. Boston held on for a 128-126 win in triple overtime to take a 3-2 series lead.

White finished with 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

The Celtics trailed by 110-109 with time running out in double overtime, when John Havlicek banked in a go-ahead shot. Time appeared to expire and fans stormed the court. However, one second was put back on the clock.

The Suns gave up a technical free throw to advance the ball and trailed by two. As time expired, Gar Heard hit a contested jump shot to tie the game and force a third overtime. He ended up playing 61 minutes in the game.

In the third overtime, Boston took a 128-122 lead. Phoenix cut the lead to 128-126 but never got the ball back before time expired.

Boston won Game 6 87-80 on the the road to clinch the NBA Finals.

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