For Pierce, a good week spoiled

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Paul Pierce can't get up a shot in traffic against the Lakers.After passing Larry Bird en route to a 10th All-Star selection, The Truth simply couldn't bury the Lakers Thursday:

The frustration on Paul Pierce's face Thursday night didn't befit a player having a pretty stellar week.

On Monday, Pierce was voted Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The next day, he leapfrogged Larry Bird for second place on the Boston Celtics' all-time scoring list. On Thursday, he was named an Eastern Conference All-Star for the 10th time, Boston's lone representative in this year's midseason festivities.

All that was standing between Pierce and one of the best week's of his career was the rival Lakers squad that he grew up supporting, a staggering Los Angeles squad in town for a national TV battle against the surging Celtics.

But despite having the ball in his hands with two chances to win the game Thursday -- once in regulation and again in overtime -- Pierce failed to deliver.

For the moment, that diminished all the good that had preceded the late-game failures in an 88-87 overtime loss to the Lakers.

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