There have been many ups and downs for the Celtics over the past 10 seasons, known as The Paul Pierce Era. Before the beginning of the NBA Finals tonight, here are the top five Celtics games during that decade.
5. November 1, 2000—Celtics 103, Pistons 83
The Truth's first game after being stabbed eleven times outside a club a little over a month beforehand. He drops 28 points on the Pistons, with Antoine Walker chipping in 33 of his own on opening night.
4. January 26, 2003—Celtics 91, Magic 83
Pierce's first career triple-double (27 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds) powers the Celts past Orlando.
3. February 15, 2006—Cavaliers 113, Celtics 109 (2OT)
This article wouldn't truly represent the ups and downs of the Pierce Era if it did not include a strong performance in a losing effort. Here, the Celts drop a tough one to Cleveland. Pierce drops 50, out-dueling LeBron (43 points), but gets little help from the rest of the team.
2. May 18, 2008—Celtics 97, Cavaliers 92
Game seven. The Truth. King James. You know how the rest of the story goes. LeBron drops 45 but misses key shots down the stretch, and Pierce throws down 41 of his own. Celts move on, Cavs go home.
1. May 25, 2002—Celtics 94, Nets 90
There should be no question as to what the best Celtics game of the past decade is. The Celtics, outplayed by New Jersey for three quarters, were down by 21 in the fourth quarter, and outscored the Nets 41-16 in the final frame. Pierce scores 28, Walkers contributes 23. This win gives the Celtics a 2-1 series lead, but this was the closest (until this year) that Pierce had come to the Finals.