Paul Pierce crosses over Tyler Hansbrough before throwing down the huge slam (VIDEO)

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NEW YORK — It was a largely lifeless crowd for much of the first half at the Barclays Center for Game 3 between the Nets and the Raptors.

And then, Paul Pierce woke everybody up.

Pierce used a crossover to get by Tyler Hansbrough on the perimeter, and then got into the lane for a huge one-handed slam that brought the crowd to its feet.

The intensity was immediately ratcheted up from that point, with both teams getting a bit chippy to end the first half, which the Nets led 49-45.

[via The Brooklyn Game]