Pierce can't save Nets

Forward scores 27 points off the bench in Wednesday's loss to Wizards
12/19/2013 8:14 AM ET
By Lenn Robbins,

Paul Pierce scored a season-high 27 points for the Nets on Wednesday night.(AP)
BROOKLYN -- In a season of riveting story lines, the Paul Pierce narrative has gone underappreciated.

Pierce is a 10 time NBA All-Star, an NBA champion, and a future Hall of Famer.

He has earned the right to go out on his own terms, one of the biggest reasons why he agreed to the trade that brought him, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets from the Boston Celtics.

He said he came here for one reason:

"I am here trying to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn," he said back in July.

The Paul Pierce Legacy almost took on legendary status in Brooklyn

Wednesday night in Barclays Center.

Coming off the bench, as he had since Dec. 10, when he returned from a broken bone in his right hand suffered Nov. 29 in a loss at Houston, Pierce scored a season-high 27 points and rallied the Nets from a 12-point deficit to within a single point before Bradley Beal knocked down a 3 that led the Washington Wizards to a 113-107 in Barclays Center.

It was a disheartening loss for the Nets who had won 4-of-5 and we're the healthiest they've been since a 112-108 overtime loss to these same Wizards on Nov. 8.

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