Paul Pierce: Three games that made The Truth a real Boston Celtics great

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Paul Pierce will play one final season in the NBA. After representing the Boston Celtics for 14 incredible years, his second campaign with the L.A. Clippers will be his last rodeo. 

After his former title-winning teammate Kevin Garnett joined Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in retiring this summer, Pierce is another player who will enter the Hall of Fame at the first ballot. 

Even in a franchise as decorated as the Boston Celtics, The Truth will go down as an all-time great and always receives a hero's welcome at TD Garden. Here are three games that show just how incredible he was. 

Game 1 NBA Finals - 2008

It wasn't really the all-around performance that made this outing so great, although 22 points off 70 percent from the field is not bad. 

It was his return to action after suffering a sprained knee that really hyped up the crowd and made for a great narrative.

Pierce heard a pop in his knee as he defended a Bryant shot and was taken to the dressing room in a wheelchair. However, he returned to floor, much to the delight of the packed arena, and inspired the Celtics to a vital game one win. 

Game 7 Conference Finals - 2008

Before they reached the finals, Boston had to overcome a young LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a fantastic elimination game that would crown the Eastern Conference champions, he produced an incredible display of attacking basketball to send the Cavs packing.

41 points, including 11-12 from the free-throw line, really cemented his legacy as a great Celtic. He shot 60 percent from three on his six attempts and provided four rebounds and five assists. 

Pierce was picking up points in every way - at the basket, from the line or behind the arc - and no matter who the Cavs deployed to stop him, their efforts proved futile. 

Game 3 First Round - 2002

Having been drafted in 1998, this series with the Philadelphia 76ers and Allen Iverson was really his coming out party. 

It was his first appearance in the postseason and he came up big with a huge appearance in the elimination game. With the series tied at two each, Pierce dropped 46 points, a number that would prove to be his career-high in the playoffs.

He shot an incredible 16-25 from the field, including 80 percent from behind the three-point line, while also dishing out six assists. The small forward inspired the Celtics to a crazy 43-point final quarter as they went through to the next round.

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