NBA Playoffs Rapid Reaction: Paul Pierce Turns Back Time With Vintage Performance, Celtics Even Series 1-1

 

It was a vintage Paul Pierce playoff game as he led the Celtics to a 1-1 series tie.

No Rajon Rondo.

No Ray Allen.

But all the Boston Celtics needed was Paul Pierce on Tuesday night as they evened the playoff series, 1-1 with a 87-80 win.

After a poor Game 1 performance, where Pierce notched 12 points on 5-of-19 shooting, the veteran captain led the Boston squad with 36 points and 14 rebounds, including nine in the final frame on a vintage Pierce performance.

While Boston must be encouraged with the win without their floor leader and three-point specialist on their opponent’s home floor, the Hawks have to be¬†panicked¬†as the injury bug continues to plague their starters– with the newest casualty as Josh Smith.

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