The Hawks came into the Garden Wednesday night with a perfect season intact for a rematch of their Playoff series last year with the reigning champs, the Boston Celtics.
It was one hell of a game and came down to the wire.
Pierce scored 34 points in all, Kevin Garnett had 25 with 12 rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for the Celtics. Joe Johnson scored 28 for Atlanta, finding an open Marvin Williams for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left before Pierce answered at the other end, faking out a pair of defenders and sinking the game-winner.
Boston moves to 8-1 on the season as Atlanta falls to 6-1.