Apr 25, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross (31) during the first quarter in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Paul Pierce throws one down after crossover (GIF)


After the Brooklyn Nets stole home court with a 94-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors  on Saturday afternoon, the Raptors evened things up by defeating the Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night.

In game 1, the Nets got huge shots down the stretch from veteran Paul Pierce. Pierce finished game 1 with 15 points on six-of-13 shooting to go with four rebounds and four assists.

In game 2, Pierce shot very poorly, scoring just seven points on three-of-11 shooting while grabbing six rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording three steals.

It’s pretty clear Pierce need to be more efficient and play better than he did in game 2 if the Nets are going to win the series.

Pierce is doing just that in Wednesday’s pivotal game 3. At the half, Pierce has eight points on two-of-five shooting and the Nets rallied to take a 49-45 lead into the break.

Pierce’s most impressive play came late in the second quarter when he crossed over Tyler Hansbroguh and finished with a huge dunk.

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