(December 18, 2013)
BROOKLYN— In a season of riveting story lines, the Paul Pierce narrative has gone underappreciated.
Pierce is a 10 time NBA All-Star, an NBA champion, and a future Hall of Famer.
He has earned the right to go out on his own terms, one of the biggest reasons why he agreed to the trade that brought him, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets from the Boston Celtics.
He said he came here for one reason:
“I am here trying to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn," he said back in July.
The Paul Pierce Legacy almost took on legendary status in Brooklyn
Wednesday night in Barclays Center.
Coming off the bench, as he had since Dec. 10, when he returned from a broken bone in his right hand suffered Nov. 29 in a loss at Houston, Pierce scored a season-high 27 points and rallied the Nets from a 12-point deficit to within a single point before Bradley Beal knocked down a 3 that led the Washington Wizards to a 113-107 in Barclays Center.
It was a disheartening loss for the Nets who had won 4-of-5 and we’re the healthiest they’ve been since a 112-108 overtime loss to these same Wizards on Nov. 8.
The Nets (9-16) had been building momentum and entered the game just two games behind the
Boston Celtics for first place in the Atlantic Division.
They were coming off a 130-94 demolition of the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The Nets had held their opponent in those four wins to less than 100 points.
But Washington got out fast and the Nets never wrapped up Beal (15 points) and John Wall (21 points).
Pierce scored his 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 on 3’s. His driving scoop with 3:22 left cut the Nets deficit to 99-97. But Pierce missed the free throw that would have completed the three-point play and brought the Nets to within 99-98.
Deron Williams (15 points and 13 assists) posted his second double-double in row. Brook Lopez, returning after missing two games with a mild left ankle sprain, had 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting.