Pierce Scores 22 In 4th, Leads C’s to W
Posted by r1zzo23 on November 11, 2008
Last night, we witnessed classic Paul Pierce when it mattered the most: the fourth quarter. After starting the game three of 13 from the field in the first three quarters, The Truth exploded for 22 fourth quarter points, carrying the Celtics to a win over a very impressive Raptors squad. Pierce scored on seven of his nine attempts in the quarter and finished the game with 36 points including four treys from deep.
Paul’s game has been great, for the most part, but has had some shaky shooting nights early. After watching the first three quarters, you thought it was just one of those nights. Well, it was one of those nights, but not the same one as the first three quarters. Pierce showed the league last night that he is still one of the best scorers in the league and should never be counted out of any game. Not only is he a great scorer, but he is arguably the best fourth quarter scorer in the Eastern Conference (Kobe gets my nod as best in the league).
Anyone get chills watching this and thinking back to the Eastern Conference Finals comeback game against the Nets? I know I did.
The Celtics, sporting a five game win streak, finally get a day off before welcoming the undefeated Atlanta Hawks (5-0) to the TD Banknorth Garden tomorrow night. The Hawks are led by former Celtic Joe Johnson, but will be without all-everything forward, Josh Smith, as he is out with a high left ankle sprain. The Hawks took the Celtics to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs last season and they look to be as tough, if not tougher, this year than they were in April.