Paul Pierce Nothing but the Truth with 40-Point Outing vs. Cavs

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Paul Pierce Nothing but the Truth with 40-Point Outing vs. Cavs
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It's hard to play any better than Paul Pierce did on Wednesday night.

He carried the Boston Celtics (13-12) to a 103-91 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers (5-22).

His performance bordered on perfection: 40 points (13-of-16 from the field, 6-of-7 from three, 8-of-8 at the free-throw line), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in 34 minutes.

He scored 15 points (on 7-of-7 shooting) during the first seven minutes of the second half.

He couldn't find a shot he didn't like.

It wasn't an unfamiliar site for Boston fans, just one they hadn't seen in a while from the former Kansas Jayhawk:

Well, the scoring wasn't unfamiliar. His shooting display, though, was something that the league hadn't seen in years:

It's been a bumpy year for the Celtics and for their leader of the last decade-plus.

His 41.9 percent field-goal percentage heading into the contest marked a new career low for the 14-year veteran.

The team hasn't fared much better. They entered Wednesday's game losers of three straight, including a 100-89 loss in Chicago on the previous night.

The frustrations appeared to be reaching their boiling point:

Rather than dwell on those frustrations, though, Pierce may have just used that for his take-off point:

The Celtics need a productive Pierce if they hope to factor in the Eastern Conference postseason.

There's no bigger truth in Boston hoops than that.

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