The Boston Celtics grabbed a huge win over the Denver Nuggets in triple overtime Sunday night thanks in large part to a dominant performance by Paul Pierce; a clutch game for both his team and fantasy basketball owners alike.
Pierce recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in a team-leading 54 minutes. The Truth hurt the Nuggets in a big way throughout the whole game, with his biggest shot a three-pointer which tied the game with five seconds left in the second overtime. He didn’t score in the third overtime but assisted on all but two of Boston’s 11 points in the quarter.
The veteran leader didn’t have his most efficient shooting night, going 7-20 from the field. He was, however, 5-9 from beyond the arc while making 8-9 free throws. His 14 assists led the team and 14 rebounds were second only to Kevin Garnett’s 18.
The triple-double was just his second of the season, but that came just a few games ago against the Miami Heat. He’s been on a bit of a hot streak lately, scoring 85 points in his past four games with 37 rebounds and 30 assists. His scoring is down a tad from last season but his rebounding (6.2 per game) has been his best since 2005-06 (6.7 per). He is in the top five in scoring and assists at his position.
At this point in his career, he isn’t as consistent as he once was but is still a great player and scorer capable of putting up big numbers each and every night.
Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo