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Pierce goes wild in what might be his final game of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- If this was the end of Paul Pierce's season, the Boston Celtics captain couldn't have done much more to help his team.

Pierce scored 32 points -- including 15 after the third quarter -- to lead the Boston Celtics to a 105-96 double-overtime win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

After the game -- and following a lengthy ice treatment -- Pierce talked about shutting it down for the rest of the season.

"My body, I've got to start listening to it," he said. "Sometimes it hurts for me to straighten out my arm. I've got to think about my future and I've got to listen to the doctors and see what they think. I've been a little rebellious, I know I have. But I think that's just me being stubborn, being a competitor. You've got to be smart also."

Al Jefferson added 23 points and 13 rebounds, Delonte West scored 17, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who outscored Orlando 15-6 in the second overtime to finish their home stand 2-2.

Pierce also had seven rebounds and five assists while playing 53 minutes, the most since Feb. 9, when he returned from a 24-game absence with a stress reaction in his left foot and infected left elbow.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers almost took Pierce out in the third quarter, when he banged his left elbow in a scrum. Thankfully for the Celtics, Pierce lobbied to remain in.

After sending the game into overtime with an 18-foot jumper at the end of regulation and into double overtime with a long 3-pointer at the end of the first extra session, Pierce gave Boston the lead for good when his free throw made it 93-92 with 2:57 left.

Jefferson then scored eight straight points to secure the win for Boston.

His jumper made it 95-92, he then followed a long Hedo Turkoglu jumper with six straight points to stretch Boston's lead to 101-94.

"Our captain hit some big-time shots, and we just fed off that," Jefferson said. "We're getting more and more excited for next year because if we would have had our full team all year, there's no doubt in my mind we would have made the playoffs."

The Magic, meanwhile, are chasing their first playoff berth since 2003. The loss dropped them to eighth place in the Eastern Conference -- a half-game behind New Jersey.

Orlando, which begins a four-game homestand against Indiana on Friday, leads the ninth-place Pacers and New York Knicks by 1½ games. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

"You just have to put it behind you and try to bounce back and get the game Friday night," Orlando coach Brian Hill said. "You can't dwell on the negative, you got to win that game."

Turkoglu and Grant Hill each had 20 points for Orlando. Dwight Howard added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who ended a two-game winning streak.

The Celtics led by as many as 14, squandered a 50-40 halftime lead and trailed by two points late in regulation, but Pierce's jumper bailed them out with 7.6 seconds left.

Pierce then scored all seven of Boston's points in the first overtime, and his 3-pointer erased Orlando's 90-87 lead.

Jameer Nelson had a chance to win it for Orlando, but his 3-pointer fell short. Nelson struggled from the floor, going 4-for-16 for nine points.

"It was tough," Howard said. "(Pierce) said that the game was going to come down to some tough shots, and he made a lot of them. He's just a great player."

In the second overtime, Boston forced four Orlando turnovers and held the Magic to 3-of-10 shooting.

Notes

  • Boston F Brian Scalabrine missed his third game with a strained left hamstring. Before the game, Rivers said he expected Scalabrine to miss the rest of the season.
  • The teams combined for three technical fouls.
  • Orlando was 23 of 37 from the free-throw line.
  • Orlando F Tony Battie, who played 5 1/2 seasons for Boston, had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
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Paul Pierce hounds the Magic with a game-high 32 points in the double-overtime win.  (AP)
Paul Pierce hounds the Magic with a game-high 32 points in the double-overtime win. (AP)
Scoreboard
Orlando (33-39) 202023207696
Boston (22-49) «24261617715105
ORL:G. Hill 20 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 14 Reb
ORL:H. Turkoglu 4 Ast
BOS:P. Pierce 32 Pts
BOS:A. Jefferson 13 Reb
BOS:P. Pierce 5 Ast
Players of the Game
BostonOrlando

P. Pierce

H. Turkoglu
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
32752094

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D. Howard, C514-94-12143312
G. Hill, SG489-172-212420
H. Turkoglu, SF477-143-594520
J. Nelson, PG424-161-12459
T. Battie, PF406-171-4111213
K. Dooling, PG232-32-21206
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C. Arroyo, PG111-24-41006
J. Redick, SG100-23-31303
D. Milicic, PF20-00-00010
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, PFDid Not Play
K. Bogans, SGDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
Totals 35-8423-3745192296
 41.7%62.2% 
Boston
D. West, SG546-134-433217
P. Pierce, SG5311-269-1175232
K. Perkins, C465-91-2124211
R. Rondo, PG443-120-05556
A. Jefferson, PF379-175-7130523
R. Gomes, SF233-82-24048
S. Telfair, PG111-42-20204
G. Green, SG91-20-01042
L. Powe, PF70-00-01060
A. Ray, SG51-10-00002
T. Ratliff, CDid Not Play
M. Olowokandi, CDid Not Play
W. Szczerbiak, SFDid Not Play
B. Scalabrine, PFDid Not Play
T. Allen, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-9223-28461930105
 43.5%82.1% 
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Wash 111
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NY 97
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Dal 105
Sea 100 Final
Den 97
Min 102 Final
Utah 108
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LAC 87