Paul Pierce’s Buzzer Beater Lifts Wizards Over Hawks

by Adam Smith

The NBA playoffs are silly. The day after Derrick Rose banked a game-winning three-pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul Pierce followed suit with a banked three, putting the Washington Wizards up 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Hawks came back from a 21-point deficit to tie the game with under 15 seconds to go.

But Pierce made sure that’s as close as they’d get, firing off a 21-foot jumper as the buzzer sounded. The Wizards vet was asked after the game by ESPN’s Chris Broussard if he had called “bank” on the shot. Pierce, trash-talking extraordinaire, replied without hesitation: “I called game.” Pierce finished the game with 13 points and seven rebounds and a 103-101 victory. The Wizards and Hawks play game four on Monday.

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