NBA Playoffs: Pierce, Bryant Have Big Nights


Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce
Bryant and Pierce had huge Game 2’s for their teams.

Say what you want about Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant, these guys aren’t going anywhere. They might be “old” or “past their prime”, but they can still get it done and they proved that last night.

Facing a 1-0 hole, and without Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen, Pierce put the Boston Celtics on his back and carried them to an 87-80 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Pierce finished with 36 points and 14 rebounds, more than making up for the loss of Rondo and Allen. Despite turning the ball over eight times, Pierce went 12-26 from the field and scored 13 point in the fourth quarter as Boston outscored Atlanta 26-14 in the final quarter. The series is now even, one game apiece, as the series shifts back to Boston on Friday night. The Celtics get Rondo back, and maybe even Ray Allen, but everyone knows who runs this team. That’s The Truth.

Another vet had a big night, but when doesn’t he have a big night? Kobe Bryant went for 38 points in a 104-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Bryant finished 15-29 from the floor and hit two late-game free-throws to put the icing on the cake for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant has now had 83 postseason games in which he has eclipse the 30-point barrier, that’s second to Michael Jordan‘s 109 postseason games with 30 or more points. More importantly, Bryant has the Lakers up 2-0 as the series shifts to Denver on Friday night. If the Lakers make a deep run, I expect more of the same from Bryant.

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