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Three things we learned Sunday: Boston still loves Paul Pierce

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We know Sunday you may have been focused on some other sporting event, and you may have started the party early, but there were NBA Games on Sunday. Here’s what you should take away from those contests.

1) Paul Pierce played one last game in the Boston Garden (and the Celtics won). Paul Pierce looked up to the rafters in the Boston Garden Sunday and saw the 2008 championship banner that he helped put there. Soon enough, he will look up there and see his No. 34.

Pierce will go down as a legendary Celtic, and he returned for one last game at the Garden, where he kissed the logo at center court.

He felt the love from the Boston crowd, then drained a three on the final shot of the game.

Boston set a franchise record with 52 three-point attempts in the game, Isaiah Thomas had 28 points (10 in the fourth) as Boston hung on for the 107-102 win against the shorthanded Clippers. It was their seventh win in a row. But that all took a backseat to nostalgia and showing love for Pierce one more time in Boston.

2) Russell Westbrook drops 42 — 19 in the fourth quarter — lifting Thunder past Trail Blazers.
This was the most entertaining game of the day… well, NBA game anyway. This was close most of the way but was the kind of need Oklahoma City needed — they had dropped three in a row after he went down injured, but on Sunday they found ways to score without him. That was a step forward.

Of course, it helps when Russell Westbrook is doing his thing, particularly with the game on the line in the fourth quarter and him scoring 19 of his 42 and nailing the dagger three.

3) Kyle Lowry found his groove, Toronto guard has triple-double against Brooklyn. The Raptors beating the Nets is the least surprising thing on Sunday, but if you’re a Raptors fan you have to like seeing a strong all-around game of 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists from their All-Star point guard. It was his first triple-double of the season.


Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker were dunking all over Suns


The Milwaukee Bucks were doing whatever they wanted on offense against Phoenix on Sunday — and what they wanted was to dunk.

Especially Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, those two put on a show throwing it down at the rim. You can see their work above.

The Bucks ended up getting the win 137-112, despite a hot quarter from Devin Booker.

Stephen Curry missed potential game-winning layup in overtime (VIDEO)


DeMarcus Cousins was flat-out balling, scoring 32. The Warriors as a team were not sharp, shooting 41.4 percent for the game as a team, and Steve Kerr was so disgusted he got tossed.

But the Warriors still had a chance to win in overtime — down one with just seconds left Stephen Curry got free for a lay-up, then missed it. The Kings were switching every pick (as teams usually do late in the games) but Cousins and Darren Collison got mixed up on theirs and Curry cut free to the rim, got the pass and had the clean look. But Curry seemed to adjust for Anthony Tolliver flying over to contest and it was enough to get the miss with 3.4 seconds left.

The Kings held on for the 109-106 win.

Suns’ Devin Booker went off for 27 points in the second quarter (VIDEO)

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That’s about as hot as a player can get for one quarter.

Phoenix’s Devin Booker went off for 27 points in the second quarter against Milwaukee, hitting nine-of-11 from the field (and his two misses were at the rim). His shooting almost single-handedly made this close — the Suns were down 20 after one quarter but were within eight at the half. Booker was impressive.

It wasn’t enough as the Suns’ defenders could have been replaced by orange traffic cones most of the night, the Bucks put up 137 points in going on to win by 25.

Warriors’ Steve Kerr gets ejected, but first gets his money’s worth cursing at officials


Steve Kerr doesn’t lose his cool often on the sidelines, and with the way the Warriors have been playing he hasn’t had much occasion to be frustrated and angry.

But with the Warriors in a tight game Saturday night in Sacramento, Kerr was angered by a technical foul called on Draymond Green — and Kerr unloaded on the referees.

Kerr was rightfully ejected, and a fine will be coming from the league, but he got his money’s worth from this tantrum.

The Kings went on to win 109-106 in overtime.