Paul Pierce after missing his first 10 shot attempts netted 16 fourth quarter points en route to leading his Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers 103-94 yesterday at TD Garden. Pierce’s teammates knew better than to count him out for a clutch performance following his less than ideal start.
“Shooters believe they can shoot. They always believe it,” said coach Doc Rivers. “They can go 0 for 20, and they’re thinking the odds are on their side. That’s the difference between the average player and the great player. The average player stops shooting and turns it into a bad game. The great players are thinking after every miss, the next one has to go in.”
Kendrick Perkins picked up the slack in the post without Kevin Garnett by his side with19 points and eight rebounds. Rajon Rondo contributed all around, scoring 15 with nine assists and six steals. Ray Allen also came to play with 23 points and seven boards. Allen produced the real key play in the third quarter when he drained the go-ahead trey for Boston to hold on from there. This marked the final bucket in their 13-0 run after trailing 66-54. Garnett is expected to be back on Friday when the C’s take on Dwight Howard and the 21-7 Orlando Magic.
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