Wow. What an ending. What an exciting game, especially down the stretch. After Carlos Delfino knotted things up with 10.5 seconds left on a surprisingly easy finger roll, Rajon Rondo's jumper at the buzzer went begging, leading us to an extra five minutes.
In the overtime, Paul Pierce got the C's rolling with two easy buckets inside (one from Rondo and one from Kevin Garnett), and Jermaine O'Neal broke a 95-95 tie with a tip-in off of a Ray Allen miss with 1:49 left. Pierce put the C's up 99-95 with 1:09 to play, but Bogut brought the Bucks back within two with a bucket on the other end. Delfino passed the ball to Pierce in the right corner with 27.5 seconds left, and the captain buried two free throws, surpassing the 20,000 career-point mark in the process (congratulations, Paul). But the Bucks weren't done. Delfino buried a tough three-pointer from the right corner (101-100, Boston), but Pierce put in two more free throws, putting Boston back up 103-100. After Brandon Jennings hit two free throws of his own (the Celtics chose to foul) Pierce hit two more free throws. Paul was a freebie machine tonight. 11-11 from the stripe. The Celtics won, 105-102.
- I just want to re-iterate that Pierce surpassed the 20,000 career point mark tonight. Again, congratulations to Paul. He joins Larry Bird and John Havlicek as the only all-time Celtics to score 20,000 career points. Anyone else get chills when Pierce stepped to the line with a chance to hit 20,000?