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Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce Rises From the Truth to God

BOSTON - APRIL 28:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics celebrates his game winning basket against the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 106-104 in overtime. 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.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Brandon RibakSenior Writer IApril 28, 2009

In one sentence—

Best game that I have seen all year.

Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce proved, tonight, why he is known as one of the premier "big time" type of players in the NBA—and trust me, there are not many.

When Ray Allen fouled out with only five minutes remaining in the Fourth Quarter, Paul Pierce simply approached it as just another day's work. 

But in the eyes of NBA fans worldwide, he played so exceptionally well that his nickname should change from "The Truth" to "God."

Let's take a look back at the game and really see how phenomenal Pierce was tonight.

 

Fourth Quarter

With one minute and thirteen seconds remaining in the Fourth Quarter and the Celtics down 89-91, Paul Pierce made a basket putting the Celtics at a tie with the Bulls.

With the Bulls leading by two with only 16.6 seconds left in the Fourth Quarter, Paul Pierce was dished the ball by Rajon Rondo only to hit the jump shot, which resulted in another overtime matchup on the series.

 

Overtime

With one minute and thirty-six seconds left in overtime, the score was 101-100; the Chicago Bulls with a one point lead.

The Celtics passed the ball to Paul Pierce, who made a little step back move and knocked down the jump shot putting Boston ahead 102-101.

After a missed three by the Bulls' shooting guard Ben Gordon, the Celtics brought up the ball with 56.6 seconds left and a score of 102-101.

Boston dished the rock to no other than Paul Pierce, who hit another step back jump shot to push the score to 104-101.

After getting fouled at the three-point line by Tony Allen, Ben Gordon went to the line with only 27.3 seconds left on the clock.

Gordon nailed down all three free throws.

With a tie score of 104-104 and 27.3 seconds left on the clock, Boston passed the ball to Paul Pierce who, with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, drained his third straight field goal in overtime to ultimately win the game 106-104.

 

Overall Synopsis

Paul Pierce is one heck of a basketball player.

He is as clutch as it gets and truly showed it tonight with his stellar overall performance.

He hit big shot after big shot, going perfect from the field (5-5 FG) since the one minute and thirteen second mark during the Fourth Quarter.

Celtics fans should be grateful that they have such an amazing player like Paul Pierce.

If you Boston Celtics fans agree with me on changing Paul Pierce's nickname from "The Truth" to "God," just vote above!

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