Celtics Live Blog: Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett Lead C's to 101-91 Victory Over Heat in Game 3 Game over, 101-91: This is a series again. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo each scored more than 20 points as the Celtics halved the Heat's advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals to 2-1. There was no preserving their legs, though, as a late Miami surge forced Pierce and Rondo to play more than 40 minutes in an effort to fend off the Heat. LeBron James had 34 points, eight rebounds ... Paul Pierce, Celtics Never Lost Confidence, Ready to Defend Home Court Again in Game 4 (Video) Not many people gave the Celtics a chance against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, so after a devastating Game 2 loss, Boston's chances to come back looked even slimmer. Well, following a 101-91 victory in Game 3, C's fans at least have something to smile about. And while the task ahead is still tall, Paul Pierce and Co. are remaining confident that they can eventually take care of ... Paul Pierce: Celtics' Game 2 Loss 'Demoralizing' The Heat survived a legendary performance from Rajon Rondo (44 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds), solid contributions from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and yes, benefitted from the referees' whistles (Miami took 47 free throws, to Boston's 29.) Paul Pierce Attacked Rim 'Just As Much' As LeBron James, Doc Rivers Says, But Coach Will Not Criticize Officials Doc Rivers is a very rich man, and he would like to keep it that way. The Celtics coach would not bite on several questions about the foul disparity between his team and the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, staying away from any response that could net him a fine from the NBA. The Celtics were whistled for 33 fouls to the Heat's 18, and attempted only 29 free throws to the ... NBA Playoffs 2012: Paul Pierce Must Improve for Celtics to Win Game Three The Boston Celtics cannot rely on another virtuoso performance from Rajon Rondo, especially as a 44-point night from their point guard isn't enough to beat the Miami Heat. If they're to get back into this Eastern Conference Finals, they need Paul Pierce, their steadiest scorer during the regular season, to elevate his game to new heights. The Celtics need Game 3, and playing at home could give ... Paul Pierce on Celtics: 'I expected us to be here' BOSTON - Paul Pierce usually thrives in situations like last nightand#8217;s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The more pressure, the more drama, the more at stake and#8212; bring it on, says the Celtics captain. Pierceand#8217;s role went from performer to cheerleader when he fouled out with 4:16 to play, but the view from the bench wasnand#8217;t so bad. Does Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce Still Know the Secret to Beating LeBron James? There are plenty of reasons that guarding LeBron James is no task for mere mortals, but it will continue to be a task for Paul Pierce as long as the Eastern Conference finals are still in play. It's a matchup replete with both off-court drama and significant on-court implications—in other words, the best kind of matchup there is. James has faced Pierce and his Boston Celtics 19 times in the ... Paul Pierce vs. LeBron James and NBA's Most Heated Grudge Matchups There's an extensive backstory to the bad blood between Paul Pierce and LeBron James . It's a saga replete with on-court duels, hard fouls and plenty of trash talking. To hear Paul Pierce explain it, their relationship is just what happens when a couple of great players see so much of each other (via ESPN's Brian Windhorst ): "I don't think it is like or dislike, it is what it is," Pierce said ... Celtics vs Heat: Paul Pierce's Last-Minute Foul Will Cost Celtics the Series When all is said and done at the end of this series, the defining characteristic won't be Rajon Rondo's 44 points in Game 2, or LeBron James ' missed jumper at the end of regulation, or Ray Allen's wide-open three-pointer with a minute left. Instead, the defining moment is more likely to be when Paul Pierce fouled out with 47 seconds left. When Pierce was forced to the bench, Celtics fans ... Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics ready for another Game 7 WALTHAM - For Celtics captain Paul Pierce, tonight will be his Game 7 of Game 7s. Pierce will play the seventh Game 7 of his career when the Celtics host the Sixers at 8 tonight at the Garden in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celtics split his first six Game 7s.
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