Sunday, December 20, 2009
Pierce ties team record for 3-pointers without a miss
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce tied a team record for most 3-pointers in a game without a miss by sinking all six trifectas he attempted in Sunday's 122-104 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden.
Pierce's effort matched the performances of Walter McCarty on Nov. 2, 1999, and Danny Ainge on Jan. 4, 1988.
"You know it’s funny, I didn’t know that until somebody came in and said, Paul, I think he broke a record or something? Tied a record?" said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "So, you would’ve thought Larry [Bird] had done better than that. Honestly, I would have. I was surprised by that. I didn’t know he was 6 for 6 from the three. I never look at the stats during the game. You know, [associate head coach Tom Thibodeau] and [assistant coach] Armond [Hill] always have their stat sheets. I never even glance at it because I don’t want to know."
Pierce finished with a game-high 29 points on 8-of-14 shooting, with seven rebounds and four assists. Teammate Kevin Garnett could be seen emphatically encouraging Pierce during the game.
Asked if he had been yelling at Pierce, Garnett said, "Nothing that the Truth can’t handle, though. Sometimes vice versa.
"I think that’s what teammates are for, to motivate each other. It wasn’t a yell though, it was like a real strong, stern voice. You got yelling, and then you got a real strong stern voice, so I used my stern voice on him. He was terrific tonight though. I thought he played on the floor -- the offense, everything, I thought it came to him. He had times when he went to attack and he gave it up, he shared the ball. Beautiful basketball tonight."