Paul Pierce makes a crucial three-pointer in the final minute of Tuesday’s Celtics-Heat game. The basket gave Boston a four point lead on their way to a 94-90 victory. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 as the Eastern Conference Finals shifts to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Paul Pierce makes a crucial three-pointer in the final minute of Tuesday’s Celtics-Heat game. The basket gave Boston a four point lead on their way to a 94-90 victory. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 as the Eastern Conference Finals shifts to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Paul Pierce (34) and Ryan Robertson celebrate as they leave the game in the final minute of the 1998 Big 12 Tournament championship. Pierce led the way with 26 points as the Jayhawks defeated the Sooners, 72-58. Kansas will face Ohio State in the national semifinal on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kerwin Plevka)
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Paul Pierce (34) and Ryan Robertson celebrate as they leave the game in the final minute of the 1998 Big 12 Tournament championship. Pierce led the way with 26 points as the Jayhawks defeated the Sooners, 72-58. Kansas will face Ohio State in the national semifinal on Saturday. (AP Photo/Kerwin Plevka)

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This 1996 photo illustration of Kansas’ Paul Pierce was created by legendary SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. The Jayhawks are projected as a No. 1 seed in Andy Glockner’s latest tournament projection. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
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This 1996 photo illustration of Kansas’ Paul Pierce was created by legendary SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. The Jayhawks are projected as a No. 1 seed in Andy Glockner’s latest tournament projection. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

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Boston’s Paul Pierce makes a three-pointer to pass Larry Bird for second place on the Celtics all-time scoring list with 21,792 points. Pierce sits behind only John Havlicek (26,395) for the franchise lead. The Celtics won 94-84. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Boston’s Paul Pierce makes a three-pointer to pass Larry Bird for second place on the Celtics all-time scoring list with 21,792 points. Pierce sits behind only John Havlicek (26,395) for the franchise lead. The Celtics won 94-84. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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