Pierce's impact felt far and wide

Beyond his 27 points, Celtics captain leads the way with aggressive play in Game 5

Updated: June 14, 2010, 3:12 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- He had 27 points. In the latest, most critical game of the NBA Finals, Paul Pierce seemed to be channeling his inner 2008 NBA Finals MVP.

But as important as the points were, two plays in the final minute -- neither one involving a shot -- spoke directly to the overall impact Pierce had on the Celtics' 92-86 Game 5 victory Sunday, a victory that puts them on the precipice of another title.

Pierce had not scored a point in the fourth quarter and the Lakers were in the process ...

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