10. Pierce talks smack with Al Harrington, then buries 3 in his face in ’03 playoffs (4/27/03)
Pierce made countless big shots over the course of his career, whether it be buzzer-beaters or daggers. In recent memory, his game-winner and ensuing bow at midcourt against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in 2010 or his dagger against the Heat in Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals might stick out, but one of his most memorable shots was all the way back in the 2003 playoffs. In Game 4 of their first-round series with the Pacers at the FleetCenter, the Celtics trailed by 16 at one point in the third quarter but stormed back thanks to Pierce. The captain scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the frame, including the last 11, to give Boston a 73-62 lead. The signature moment came on Pierce’s final bucket. As the FleetCenter crowd roared to its feet, Pierce dribbled the shot clock out on the Celtics’ final possession of the quarter and started talking trash with defender Al Harrington before calmly rising up and draining a devastating 3-pointer in his face. After the game, Harrington claimed Pierce said to him, “I hope you’re ready, because I’m ready to bring it.” It’s safe to say he did. The C’s went on to win the game 102-92, taking a decisive 3-1 series lead before eventually eliminating the Pacers in six games.