Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/19/12
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce put on a show Wednesday night, leading the Celtics to the end of their three-game losing streak. "I just wanted to go out and play as hard as I could," Pierce said after scoring 40 points to power Boston, coming off an 0-3 road trip, to a 103-91 victory over the Cavaliers. "You get on a slide like that, you want to come home and do whatever you can to try to get a win. "It's a make or miss league; who knows if I was going to come in and shoot the ball the way I did, but one thing I could control was how hard I was going to play the game and the effort I was going to put out there." Pierce, who had 15 points in the first half, scored 17 in the first 8:18 of the third quarter, helping the Celtics build a 20-point lead before going to the bench. By the time he came back in the fourth quarter, the Cavs had come almost all the way back, but Pierce and Rajon Rondo combined to blow the game open again to give Boston (13-12) its fifth straight home win and sendin...
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