Boston Celtics defeat New Jersey Nets, 118-86

Paul Pierce insisted last night the Celtics' current form has not taken the edge off the chilly climate.

"It's freezing outside," Pierce said. "I brought my gloves."

But if anyone in the Boston area did not need handwear, it was Pierce - at least in the third quarter of the Celtics' 118-86 victory over the New Jersey Nets at TD Banknorth Garden.

Pierce converted all five of his 3-point attempts as the Celtics (32-9) pulled away from a 10-point halftime advantage, ...