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Pierce Hits Clutch Shot to Beat Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks rolled into Boston with a 6-0 record, and appeared well on their way to 7-0 after Marvin Williams hit a go-ahead three-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Stacked with three stars capable of going for a game-winner, the Celtics chose Paul Pierce, who has been on fire of late. Pierce proceded to drain his 18-footer with .5 seconds remaining in Boston’s 103-102 win.

Boston was down by as much as 16 in the second quarter, but again, managed to battle back into the game. The poor first half has been a growing trend for the Celtics, but they have managed to win all but one game this season (sitting at 8-1) despite double-digit deficits in many of those games.

Pierce finished with 34 points, but none bigger than his game-winner. Kevin Garnett also helped the cause with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo dished out 12 assists in the victory.

Former Celtics guard Joe Johnson scored 28 in the loss, and made the key pass to Williams for the go ahead shot with seconds remaining. Sadly for Atlanta (and my buddy Shotgun), Pierce saddled the Hawks with their first loss of the season.

Williams may surprise you as the guy to take the three-point attempt…as he only hit one all last season. Just one. He hit four Wednesday night and is 8-11 this season. We can see a shift in Williams’ game, and it looks like his offensive production may increase with a more pronounced role in the Atlanta offense.

The Celts next play Friday night against the new-look Nuggets (minus Marcus Camby and Allen Iverson).

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4 comments for “Pierce Hits Clutch Shot to Beat Hawks”

  1. What a game and what a finish. This game reminded me a lot of the game KC and I went to last year where the Raptors were something like 15-23 from 3 and beat us. I haven’t been watching a ton of Celtics yet this year, haven’t gotten into it yet, but man I was on the edge of my seat for the fourth and exploded when he hit that shot.

    Posted by Jeff | November 13, 2008, 8:13 am
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  3. What an incredible game! Even though my Hawks got up early, I knew Boston would make a run (everyone makes a run in the NBA).

    And then even when Marvin hit the three to give the Hawks the lead, I knew either Pierce or Garnett was going to have the chance for at least one more shot. The Hawks defended Pierce well enough with Joe Johnson switching with Al Horford, but Pierce just hit a hell of a shot.

    Can’t complain too much about losing to a good team on a great game-winner.

    And I believe I mentioned before that Marvin Williams was going to have a breakout year this season. Thus far, (from the last I saw) he is leading the NBA in 3-point percentage.

    Posted by Shotgun Spratling | November 16, 2008, 5:40 pm
  4. I have to give the Hawks credit…but it’s not like i didn’t see this coming. Shotgun and I were one of the 10 people on Earth that had the Hawks making the playoffs this year.

    Well..I will admit that I didn’t see a 6-0 start coming though…

    Posted by KC | November 17, 2008, 3:33 am

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