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Friday, December 18, 2009
Pierce breaks down final shot

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- The Celtics looked disjointed running plays out of timeouts the entire night and the final possession of Friday's 98-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was no different.

Celtics captain Paul Pierce got control of the ball with under seven seconds to play, and the rest of the team spread the floor for him to go one-on-one with 76ers guard Andre Iguodala. Unable to drive, Pierce attempted to quickly back down Iguodala before settling for an awkward 18-foot fadeaway from the elbow that found iron.

"I sliced it at the top, got the hand off and I was just trying to get some space to get a shot," said Pierce. "I thought I got a good look at the rim, it felt good coming off my hands, but sometimes the ball bounces off that way, you know? Tough one to swallow."

The Celtics, who led by 15 in the third quarter, know it shouldn't have come down to a final possession.

"I think our energy sucked all night," said Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. "I think we could have done a better job of having energy out there. Philly's a team that's going to scrap for 48 minutes and we didn't put them away when we were supposed to."