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Toronto Sun Apr 19, 2014
Nets' Paul Pierce steps up late in Game 1 win over Raptors

Nets' Paul Pierce steps up late in Game 1 win over Raptors

The Truth hurts and when a game needs to be won, when an impression needs to be left in the opening round of a series, when a number gets called and stepping up is required, Paul Pierce delivers.
New York Daily News Apr 21, 2014
Nets vow not to let up in Game 2 vs. Raptors

Nets vow not to let up in Game 2 vs. Raptors

The Nets resting on their Game 1 reward of snatching away home-court advantage, when they exposed the Raptors’ size disadvantage on the wings and culminated victory with a heavy dose of Paul Pierce execution in the clutch.
New York Post 12 hours ago

Pierce unable to repeat late heroics in Nets loss to Raptors

TORONTO — As Paul Pierce let go of the potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 24.9 seconds remaining Tuesday night, everyone on the Nets expected Pierce to come through once again. “He...
New York Daily News 14 hours ago
The Truth not enough as DeRozan, Raptors even series with Nets

The Truth not enough as DeRozan, Raptors even series with Nets

Paul Pierce and the Nets couldn’t do it this time. Now they’re going home with an even series. On the same day he touted his clutch “DNA” as unique and unbreakable, Pierce missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and the Nets fell to the Raptors, 100-95, in Game 2 of their contentious series.

Paul Pierce thrives in playoff pressure

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- “That’s why they got me here!” Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce yelled after draining a turnaround jumper in the final minute that gave his team a seven-point lead over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon. It was the final dagger Pierce stuck in the Raptors and their raucous fans late in the final period. Pierce ended up scoring nine straight points down the stretch, as Brooklyn beat Toronto 94-87 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 first-round series.

Old man Pierce delivers playoff daggers

TORONTO -- Paul Pierce has played in 137 playoff games, pressure-packed Game 7’s and has experienced the intense spotlight of the NBA Finals. But he experienced a postseason first on Saturday in Toronto. The shot clocks malfunctioned and both the Nets and Raptors had to play most of the second half of Game 1 as if it were on somebody's driveway. The public address announcer called out the time of the shot clock in intervals -- 24, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 -- followed by “horn” if the shot clock expired.

Minutes limit gives Pierce fresh start

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paul Pierce feels a lot better now than he did in last season’s playoffs against the New York Knicks. Pierce averaged 42.5 minutes per game for the Boston Celtics in that series, but shot just 36.8 percent from the field. He had averaged 33.4 minutes per game during the regular season. Paul Pierce #34 SFBrooklyn Nets 2014 STATS GM75 PPG13.5 RPG4.6 APG2.4 FG%.451 FT%.826 “I mean, I thought throughout the regular season with the [Rajon Rondo] injury it really physically and mentally took a toll on me,” the Brooklyn Nets forward said Monday.
New York Post Apr 21, 2014

Garnett, Pierce support vital to point guard’s success

The impact Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had on the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 1 victory over the Raptors was undeniable, as their combined 11 straight points late in...
Celtics Today Apr 20, 2014

(Video) Paul Pierce delivers for Nets in the 4th, and that's why they brought him "here"

The Nets made the trade with the Celtics for one simple reason. Paul Pierce along with KG, live for moments like Saturday's game 1 in Toronto. Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87."You just get that feeling, you've been in those situations a number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game."It was nice watching Paul Pierce deliver in a big...
Celtics Today Apr 20, 2014

Not so happy Raptors fan throws headband back at Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce put the Nets on his back in the 4th quarter in game one. Pierce scored 9 of his 15 in the 4th. After the Nets win, a Raptors fan didn't care much about a free headband from Paul.
NetsDaily Apr 20, 2014

Paul Pierce: "That's why they got me here!"

Paul Pierce was wired in Saturday's Game 1 vs. the Raptors ... and we are lucky for it. After hitting the dagger in the closing minutes, Pierce can be clearly heard voicing his excitement. "That's why they got me here. That's why I'm here. I want the ball." Indeed.
NetsDaily 20 hours ago
Paul Pierce says you can't buy 'clutch' at Costco; We checked out Costco.com, and he's right

Paul Pierce says you can't buy 'clutch' at Costco; We checked out Costco.com, and he's right

Paul Pierce scored nine straight points on Saturday in the final three minutes of the Nets Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors. And while most of the conversation on Tuesday, heading into Game 2, has been about the officiating, the Brooklyn beats spoke with Pierce about his performance and what it means to be "clutch." The very talented Andy Vasquez reports: Last month, here’s how Pierce suggested the Nets fix their road woes: "Probably gotta go to Costco and buy some road juice," he said, laughing. "I don’t know, some road mojo. I don’t know if they sell it there." Well, Tuesday...
Celtics Today 12 hours ago
Paul Pierce calls team

Paul Pierce calls team "soft" after game 2 loss to Toronto

Paul Pierce scored 9 clutch points in game 1, giving the Nets a game 1 win over the Raptors. In game 2, Paul Pierce struggled, but when the game was on the line. Pierce scored 6 points in the 4th, but missed two big three's that could have changed the outcome in game 2. With those misses, Pierce and the Nets dropped game 2, 100-95 in Toronto Tuesday night. ESPN "I thought guys stuck to their man individually for the most part and didn't help one another and that is the big part of our defense," Pierce said. "Sink and shrinking the floor, locking down the paint, tonight too many touches for...

Rapid Reaction: Nets 94, Raptors 87

Paul Pierce was The Truth in Game 1 of the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. The future Hall of Famer scored nine straight points late in the fourth quarter, enabling the Nets to emerge with a 94-87 victory over the Raptors on Saturday afternoon at Air Canada Center. Pierce was making his playoff debut with the Nets after spending the first 136 postseason games of his career with the Boston Celtics.
Newark Star-Ledger Apr 19, 2014
NBA Playoffs 2014: Nets 'dinosaur' Paul Pierce sticks it to Raptors in Game 1 victory

NBA Playoffs 2014: Nets 'dinosaur' Paul Pierce sticks it to Raptors in Game 1 victory

In Toronto, they call him prehistoric. The Nets call him "The Truth"

Pierce on Raptors GM Ujiri: Who?

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce claimed on Sunday that he did not know who Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was -- but Pierce sure sounded like he was being facetious. Asked about Ujiri’s now infamous “F--- Brooklyn!” comment at a fan rally prior to the Nets’ 94-87 victory over the Raptors in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, Pierce responded, “Really?
Nets Blog | ESPN New York 14 hours ago

Rapid Reaction: Raptors 100, Nets 95

Paul Pierce played hero in Game 1. He had a chance to do it again in Game 2. But this time, it was not meant to be. Pierce missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the left wing with 24 seconds left that would’ve given the Brooklyn Nets the lead, and they fell to the Toronto Raptors, 100-95, on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The best-of-seven, first-round Eastern Conference playoff series is now tied at 1-1. What it means: The Nets got the split they wanted on the road.
New York Post 8 hours ago

Paul Pierce: Nets were ‘soft team’ in Game 2

TORONTO — It’s time for the Nets to toughen up. That was the message from Paul Pierce to his teammates after allowing the Raptors to outrebound them 52-30 — including...

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