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Monday, March 5, 2012
D'An explains decision not to foul Pierce

By Calvin Watkins, ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- There's still some fallout from the Knicks' overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni fielded questions Monday about some late-game situations in regulation and overtime.

D'Antoni elected not to foul Boston's Paul Pierce in the closing seconds of regulation with the Knicks ahead by three. Pierce took one dribble and nailed a 26-foot 3-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game at 103-103 with 4.9 seconds left.

According to D'Antoni, the percentages say that if you don't foul late and just defend, you win those games. He didn't have specific numbers, but said it was in the 90 percent range.

"But Paul Pierce has the ball and he's like this,” D'Antoni said, showing a shooting motion. "You can't foul him because he'll go up [and shoot].

"They didn't have a timeout [and] that changes it a little bit. If you can get down to eight seconds, then maybe eight seconds you foul, they make theirs, they foul you immediately. Seven seconds left, you miss one foul shot, then they're coming at you then you got to defend it, too."