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Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce will don new colors next season. On Saturday, the small forward signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Washington Wizards.

Pierce, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed a contract that includes a player option for next summer. The Wizards went after Pierce once swingman Trevor Ariza signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.

The ten-time All-Atar averaged just 13.5 points per game, playing only 28 minutes per contest last year with the Nets. Pierce had also garnered interest from such teams as the Dallas Mavericks, Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Pierce, 36, joined Brooklyn as part of a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that included Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.

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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) --  Don't look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.

LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.

"When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.

The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

"Give the Heat credit," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn't."

Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.

Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

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LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

LeBron James Scores 49 to Lead Heat Past Nets

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James tied his playoff career-high with 49 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

The Heat now lead the series 3-1.

James finished the game 16-of-24 from the field.

"My only thing with him, he was going so well in the third quarter we didn't want him to die out in the fourth," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said of his teammate, James.  "But that guy has an engine that's second to none so he just continued it going."

Wade had 15 points in the win.

The Nets tied the game at 94 with 2:30 to play when Kevin Garnett hit two free throws. The game stayed tied until Chris Bosh hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give the Heat the lead for good.

"This is very difficult to swallow," Nets center Garnett said of the loss. "Hard to take, but it's what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn't help us at this point."

Now the Nets are one game away from being ousted from the playoffs. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past Heat

Nets Dominate Third Quarter to Plow Past HeatTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets outscored the Miami Heat 26-14 in the third quarter to take control of the game and eventually win it 104-90 Saturday night, to take Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. "To sum it...

Heat Take Control Late to Clip Nets

Heat Take Control Late to Clip NetsChris Trotman/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets were within range of the Miami Heat until they couldn't get the ball back Thursday night. The Nets trailed by eight points with 3:39 to play but proceeded to let Miami have a possession that took 1...

Nets Hold Off Raptors, 104-103 in Game 7, Prepare for Heat

Nets Hold Off Raptors, 104-103 in Game 7, Prepare for HeatElsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Paul Pierce was brought to Brooklyn for veteran leadership and clutch plays this offseason and delivered in Brooklyn's 104-103 win in Game 7 against Toronto. Pierce only had 10 points, but blocked Raptors guard Kyle Lowry ...

Nets Fend Off Late Raptors’ Rally, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Nets Fend Off Late Raptors’ Rally, Take 2-1 Series LeadElsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each hit two clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Brooklyn Nets fend off the Toronto Raptors, 102-98 Friday night, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff se...

Nets Top Raptors 94-87 in Series Opener

Nets Top Raptors 94-87 in Series OpenerClaus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) --  The Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for moments like these. Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Garnett stepped up defensively during crunch time, and the Nets to...

Pierce Becomes 18th Member of 25,000 Point Club

Pierce Becomes 18th Member of 25,000 Point ClubJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce became the 18th member of the NBA's 25,000 point club in the team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks Friday. Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining in the second quarter giving him 25...

Nets Complete Season Sweep of Heat in Thriller

Nets Complete Season Sweep of Heat in ThrillerMike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport (MIAMI) --  Meet the Brooklyn Nets, the only NBA team this season to go undefeated against the Miami Heat. Rookie Mason Plumlee blocked LeBron James' dunk attempt at the rim with two seconds left, and the Nets hung ...

Pierce Leads Nets to 13th-Straight Home Win

Pierce Leads Nets to 13th-Straight Home WinJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Pierce scored a game-high 22 points to help lead the Brooklyn Nets past the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99 Sunday.It's the Nets 13th-straight home win which ties the franchise record set in 2002. The streak i...

Nets’ Paul Pierce Leaves Door Open for Celtics Reunion

Nets’ Paul Pierce Leaves Door Open for Celtics ReunionJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he's left the Boston Celtics behind him, Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce is open to coming back to the team as either a player or in the front office. "Yeah, why not? Pierce told HoopsHype when asked ...

Jason Collins Makes History as Nets Top Lakers

Jason Collins Makes History as Nets Top LakersJeff Gross/Getty Images Sport (LOS ANGELES) --  History was made in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the day, and he became the first openly gay athlete to serve as an active pla...

Pierce, Garnett Honored in Return to Boston as Nets Roll

Pierce, Garnett Honored in Return to Boston as Nets RollBruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  It was just another game for the Brooklyn Nets, but for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Sunday night's contest against the Boston Celtics was about way more than basketball. Pierce and Garnett returned to Bost...

Jason Kidd Credits Simplifying the Defense for Nets’ Turnaround

Jason Kidd Credits Simplifying the Defense for Nets’ TurnaroundBruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets have been playing much better basketball after a rocky start, and head coach Jason Kidd thinks that simplifying the defensive strategy has been a big part of the reason why. "That's as good as i...

Pierce, Garnett Top Rivers as Nets Cruise to Victory

Pierce, Garnett Top Rivers as Nets Cruise to VictoryNBA via Brooklyn Nets(BROOKLYN) --  Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche scored 21 points each as the Brooklyn Nets blasted the Clippers 102-93 on Thursday night. Brooklyn's victory made forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett winners against former head...

Nets SF Paul Pierce to Miss 2-4 Weeks with Broken Hand

Nets SF Paul Pierce to Miss 2-4 Weeks with Broken HandBruce Bennett/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) --  The injuries keep on mounting for the Brooklyn Nets. The team announced Monday that small forward Paul Pierce will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. The 36-year-old ...

Nets’ Paul Pierce Not Happy About Team’s 3-7 Start

Nets’ Paul Pierce Not Happy About Team’s 3-7 StartBruce Bennett/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- So far, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's decision to leave the Boston Celtics in favor of the Brooklyn Nets has not worked out as the team is off to a 3-7 start. On Monday, the Nets lost to the Portla...

Nets’ GM Billy King Says the Team’s Window to Win Title is Now

Nets’ GM Billy King Says the Team’s Window to Win Title is NowBruce Bennett/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- With talented -- yet aging -- roster, if the Brooklyn Nets are to win a title, it has to be this year, if you ask general manager Billy King. During the offseason, the Nets went all out to upgrade their roste...

New York Is Still Knicks Country, Felton Says

New York Is Still Knicks Country, Felton SaysJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton doesn't see the Brooklyn Nets ever taking over New York City. The Nets brought over Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry this offseason to go with Deron Williams, Joe Joh...
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