Pierce's efficient 43-point night
Pierce connected on 11 of 19 shots (4 of 6 beyond the arc) on the night and was aided by 17-of-18 shooting at the charity stripe. The 19 field goal attempts matched a career low in a 40-point game (Pierce was 14 of 19 for 40 points vs. Detroit in February 2001 and 13 of 19 for 42 points vs. the Lakers a month later).
You'd have to go all the way back to Feb. 15, 2006 for the last time a Celtics player had a 40-point scorer in the regular season. Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande noted that the Celtics had gone 501 regular-season games without a 40-point scorer.
After the game, Pierce seemed more concerned about Boston's lack of defense than his offensive exploits, telling reporters, "We didn't defend the 3 at all tonight. We dug ourselves a huge hole that we couldn't climb out of."
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