Pierce on not starting: 'I have adjusted'

December, 19, 2013
12/19/13
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce had his best game of the year Wednesday night, scoring a season-high 27 points.

But following the Nets' 113-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center, Pierce said he didn't care if he remained a reserve or re-entered the starting lineup.

[+] EnlargePaul Pierce, Bradley Beal
Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesPaul Pierce scored a season-high 27 points against the Wizards.
"I mean, I don't really care," said Pierce, who has come off the bench the past five games. "I have adjusted. I have been a starter my whole career and I am making an adjustment as a player coming off the bench.

"You have to watch the game, help the guys on the sideline, you get a chance to see and understand what is going on our there instead of starting out the game. It definitely is a mental adjustment and I think I am making that adjustment and figuring it all out with that role on the bench."

Alan Anderson, the starting small forward, went 0-for-4 from the field and was held scoreless in 19 minutes.

Asked about Pierce's role going forward, Nets coach Jason Kidd said, "I'll talk to the coaches tomorrow about that. He had a great night. If you look back to the Philly game, he had a good Philly game. It wasn't about the score, it was about him getting into a rhythm. He's a scorer. He has been that his whole career. And you can see there was a carryover from the last game. I will talk to my coaches and will talk to him a little bit about a couple of different ideas."

Point guard Deron Williams indicated it was "kinda" Pierce's idea to come off the bench in the first place. Pierce made his first seven shots and finished 10-for-12 from the field in 35 minutes.

Pierce is slowly starting to look like his old self after missing four games due to a broken bone in his right hand.

• Williams put up a nice stat-line -- 15 points and a season-high tying 13 assists -- but he was outplayed by Wizards point guard John Wall (21 points, six assists). Wall is now 3-5 against Williams. Wall made two solid defensive plays on Williams in the fourth quarter: a steal which led to an uncontested layup and a block.

"I could've played a lot better the whole game, I could've been more aggressive," said Williams, who has been very solid since returning from injury. "I just feel like my legs kind of caught up with me tonight and I didn't have that same bounce I've had the last couple games. We'll get it back and hopefully do a better job against Philly."

• After missing the last two games due to a re-sprained left ankle, center Brook Lopez had 22 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes.

"I felt fine," Lopez said. "I am definitely disappointed in myself though. I felt a little rusty and I was a step slow."

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
16.5 3.8 0.9 35.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 7.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.6
StealsJ. Jack 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.5