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Pierce comes through as starter, closer

Captain steps up when his number's called -- and when Celtics need him most

Updated: June 11, 2010, 10:29 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Welcome back, Paul. The Celtics are glad you're back. Oh, and by the way, you are going back to Los Angeles. That's a good thing, right?

Paul Pierce, the Celtics' captain, ruffled a few L.A. boas with his boast in the closing minutes of Game 2 that the Celtics would not be coming back to the Staples Center, the clear inference being that Boston would sweep Games 3-5 at home and win the NBA championship in five games.

Oh well.

Entering the fourth quarter in Game 4, it ...

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