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Paul Pierce after hitting dagger to beat Raptors: ‘That’s why they got me here!’ (VIDEO)

Apr 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Paul Pierce only finished with 15 points in the Nets Game 1 win over the Raptors on Saturday, but he completely took the game over when it mattered most.

Pierce scored nine straight Nets points with under three minutes to play to carry his team to victory, and he wanted to make sure that everyone knew that those moments were the reason why Brooklyn traded for him last summer.

“That’s why they got me here,” Pierce exclaimed. And then, in the huddle: “That’s what I do!” — three times.

  1. retxedfred - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Pretty bad*ss!

  2. canadatude - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Seems like the truth? has a thin dinosaur skin. After the game he reacted to a newspaper that referred to him as old.
    To bad the Nets had to pay off the refs to bag a win.
    Raps in 7.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Luckily, all Canadians aren’t losers who blame the refs.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Unlike Heat fans that not only complain about officials but sleeves on shirts.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Personal fouls – 23 to 19.

      Free throws attempted – 27 to 25.

      Hometown PA announcer changing the time on the shot clock from 3.7 seconds to 2.7 seconds after Nets had drawn up their play – nah, no shenanigans there.

      • kinggw - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        How exactly did the PA announcer change the time? There were no shot clocks in the second half. He made an announcement at 10 seconds once it got down to 5 he counted each second individually. Where exactly did the .7 of second come from?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Ball went out of bounds. PA announcer calls out 3.7 seconds on shot clock. Nets draw up play. PA announcer calls out 2.7 seconds on shot clock. Tim Walsh is all “What the eff?!” He’s told “Oh, they made a mistake.”

        They were using a stopwatch. That’s where the .7 came from.

      • redbaronx - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        @Kevin S. – First of all, the PA announcer has nothing to do with the shot clock. Control of the shot clock comes from the game scorekeepers table at the direction and control of the refs. Second of all, if you’d ever run a game you’d understand how difficult it can be. Simple human error.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        The PA announcer was calling off the shot clock because the Raptors’ piece of crap arena broke. He called off one time. After the Nets drew up their play, he called up a lesser time than he had led them to believe they had. Sure, maybe it was human error… but it’s a hell of a lot more likely that a Raptor employee would try to eff with the Nets than it is that the refs were biased against the home team. I was just calling canadatool out on his hypocrisy.

    • redbaronx - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      @canadatude – You want to blame the game on the refs??? No really?

      By your logic of the Nets paying off the refs, the Raptors can’t win this series in 7 as you say since the refs are “in the bag”.

      Stop crying about refs! And no I’m not a Nets fan! Or Miami for that matter!

  3. gquesen - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Used to hate this guy when he was with the celtics. He’s the truth for a reason, though.

  4. money2long - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Love his footwork

  5. canadatude - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    ESPN screwed up the electrical circuit and pooched the shot clock, Kevin Snake Eyes. The Raps will come back and win despite of any refs. They will adjust. Nets have been practicing losing, so it will come naturally.
    Like the new play-off system they are proposing. No conferences, just best teams. Nets would be the 2nd worst team, up against OKC.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      The fault always lies somewhere other than your second-rate organization, huh? By the way, no answer for the fact that the supposedly biased refs called the fouls and free throws fairly close to even? Or do facts not penetrate your persecution bubble?

  6. canadatude - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Check the ESPN story on Team Stream about the shot clock delay. Maybe the Nets needed their nap at the nursing home during the break.
    To be fair, the refs were awful both ways most of the afternoon. Why don’t they use the best?

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