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The 5 Best Playoff Performances Of Paul Pierce’s NBA Career

By 06.01.12

3. 2002 Conference Finals, Game 3 vs. New Jersey
Celtics win 94-90
Pierce: 28 points, 19 in the fourth quarter
The Truth has had higher scoring games in the playoffs – take for instance the 40 he dropped on Indiana (plus 21-for-21 from the line) in Game 1 of the 2003 Playoffs – but none of them will be remembered quite like this game will be. Boston came home tied at a game a piece with New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Finals, but found themselves down 21 points before Pierce exploded. It took a tongue lashing from Antoine Walker, but in crunch time, Pierce lit the crowd on fire by continuously driving to the basket – over and over again – on his way to 19 points in the fourth quarter of one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history. I wasn’t even a Celtic fan, but living in Boston at the time, I felt like one after this.

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