Pierce takes triple-double baton
January, 28, 2013
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce registered only his second triple-double in the past six seasons during Sunday's double-overtime victory over the Miami Heat with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists over a game-high 49 minutes.
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesPaul Pierce and Rajon Rondo won't share the floor again this season.
For Pierce, it was his eighth career triple-double (one of which came in the postseason) and his first since posting 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds over 37 minutes against Indiana on Dec. 19, 2010. You'd have to go back to March 2006 to find one before that.
Rajon Rondo, who produced triple-doubles in each of his last two games, must have passed the triple-double baton to Pierce. Rondo will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.
Pierce was asked about how he can pick up the Celtics with Rondo out of action.
"Well, responsibilities definitely go up when you have Rondo out of the game," said Pierce. "I'm more of a facilitator, I have to do a little bit of everything for this ball club. That's about it. The shot, it's something I'm not worried about. I still have a lot of intangibles, the know-how to play this game, and most importantly, I'm happy we won tonight."
Pierce liked the tenacity that Boston's players showed against LeBron James and Co.
"This game was won with our grit," said Pierce. "When you look at that we play two overtimes and didn't allow the Miami Heat to score 100 points, that says a lot about biting down, tooth and nail. We found a way to get this done. It wasn't pretty, by no means was it pretty. But at the end of the day we found a way, we ground it out, got stops when we needed to get stops, and we were able to prevail this time."
A look at the previous seven triple-doubles in Pierce's career, courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com: