Politics and social media gave us “Eastwooding,” and a blend of Christianity, kinesiology and idolatry gave us “Tebowing.” But somehow in this era of “-ing,” the great, big, spinning world whiffed on this one.
As in stabbing. Sharp, acute and deep. As in Boston’s Paul Pierce fighting through and shooting over DeMarre Carroll’s undaunted defense in overtime.
Through the heart.
Carroll locked Pierce down at the end of regulation, forcing an awkward, ineffectual jumper at the buzzer. But Pierce exacted his revenge in the extra period, scoring seven of his game-high 26 points as the Celtics beat the Jazz 110-107.
“Paul Pierce has been doing that to guys for years,” Jazz veteran Marvin Williams said. “That’s why he’s so great.”
Said Al Jefferson: “That’s why they call him ‘The Truth.’ ”
The Jazz played their first of eight straight games against the Eastern Conference, with two home games remaining against Atlanta and Charlotte before embarking on their final four-game road trip of the season. Of 29 games away from EnergySolutions Arena, the Jazz have won 10.
“These next two home games are very crucial before we go on the road,” Carroll said. “That’s a loss, we shake it off. It should hurt till midnight.”
The Jazz are a veteran bunch, so it’s rare to see and enjoy the dynamic that unfolded Monday in front of a sellout crowd at EnergySolutions Arena.
With the Celtics fighting with their tandem of Hall of Famers — Pierce and Kevin Garnett — the Jazz countered with their rambunctious, devil-may-care bunch of up-and-comers: Carroll, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. That group started the fourth quarter with the Jazz down 80-72 and immediately went on a 13-2 run.
“That’s the beauty of our game,” Carroll said. “We’re young, we can run, we don’t like to slow it down.”Next Page »