The MVP of last year's NBA Finals scored 26 points, hitting one jumper to tie the game at the end of regulation and three more in the final 77 seconds of overtime on Tuesday night to help the Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 106-104 and take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series.link
"I just thought when Ray fouled out it was time for me to really step up," said Pierce, who scored 12 points in the 10 minutes after Allen left the game. "Better late than never."
Charles Barkley was talking trash on Pierce for his statements last year about being the best player in the world. He wasn't even playing like the best player on Boston in the first half (or throughout the series) and this was a very crucial game. You can call a guy out, but if he performs like he is supposed to, and he leads his team to victory when the game is over, then I wouldn't take anything from him yet. Charles was premature.
I know Kobe was the MVP. He knows that. But Pierce was the Champion. Would Kobe trade his MVP for another Championship? HELL YES! IN A SECOND!
You can't take that away Sir Charles. For the moment Pierce may be the best in basketball just because. Would he be without KG? No. Would he be without Rondo? No. Would he be without Perk? NO! But since October of 2007 there has been one ruling kingdom, with one ruling captain, who still holds the crown. TRUTH.
From the Beast lair:
It was a defining moment for a early career - 16 points, 19 rebounds and 7 blocks on the national stage in a series that has given basketball fans the world over the entire panoply of emotion. It was an awesome thing to behold. America may now know what we have known. The Silent Sentinal roaming our front court let the world know what basketball played with clarity and anger looks like. No matter how much those referees tried to hand the game to those midwestern rubes, no matter how much that punk Miller tried to instigate, or how much Kirk, Derrick and Ben got just flat lucky, Our Sensei would not let us lose.link