• Sun. May 26th, 2024

May 8, 2015, Queens, NY What a way to end game three of the Eastern Conference semi- finals. With 13 seconds left, Paul Pierce got the ball at the top of the key from a pass from Bradley Beal, he let the clock wind down and fired a shot at the buzzer hitting a game winning bank shot to seal the victory for the Washington Wizards, 103-101.

Pierce finished the game with 13 points but none more important than his last two. The young Wizards were up by as much as twenty points in this game. Otto Porter Jr. had a big game with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Bradley Beal had 17 points and 8 assists, taking over for his injured backcourt mate John Wall. Nene finally decided to show up in these playoffs. He had not been playing well since it began, but he contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds. The Wizards blew this game open at the half, led by Porter and Beal who both had pivotal moments in the second quarter. Porter had a huge one-handed dunk, and Beal responded to a hard foul by really putting his stamp on the game.

The Hawks were down big but came back in the fourth quarter with a huge 17-0 run that brought them to within two points. Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder led the Hawks in scoring with 18 points apiece. The Hawks were, however, without Paul Milsap who missed the game with flu-like symptoms.

However, the story of the game was Pierce’s heroics. He has been providing veteran leadership to the young Wizards all season. He brought a different and winning mindset to their locker-room, and his play has also given his team confidence in close games as they often go to him in those situations. Pierce left the Brooklyn Nets last summer to join the Wizards as his career is winding down; however, make no mistake, he is in it to win it.

By Sherman Gomez

"Basketball is my favorite sport, I like the way they dribble up and down the court." "I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller." "Last week messed around and got a triple double." I write about basketball sometimes and then I try to go play....

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