When you accomplish something no one else ever has in NBA history, you know you did something great. Pierce and the Celtics did exactly that in Game 3 against the New Jersey Nets on May 25, 2002.
Boston trailed by 21 points heading into the fourth quarter before Pierce took over. He scored 19 of his 28 points during the final frame to help the Celtics complete the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in NBA playoff history. Boston outscored New Jersey 41-16 in the final frame to take home a 94-90 victory.
Pierce, fresh off of the emotional win, famously said after the game, “If I was on the other end of this, I would be hurting right now.”