With the Boston Celtics mired in a three-game losing streak, 35-year-old Paul Pierce decided to take matters into his own hands.
The All-Star forward will try to build off his historic effort and lead the Celtics to their sixth straight home win on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Pierce turned back the clock with a season-high 40 points on Wednesday in a 103-91 home win over Cleveland that snapped Boston's longest skid of the season.
He became the oldest player in Celtics history to score 40 in a regulation game, going 13 of 16 from the field, 6 of 7 from beyond the arc and sinking all eight free-throw attempts.
It was only his second 40-point game since 2005-06.
Pierce has a 43.6 field-goal percentage this season, but he's shooting 26 for 39 (66.7 percent) from the field in his last three games.
"I feel like the last few games I've been shooting the ball a lot better," Pierce said. "So I'm feeling like I'm really coming along where...