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It’s hard to forget the heated exchange between Paul Pierce and Al Horford in Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. The series went seven intense games — three more than Paul Pierce gave the Hawks, according to Horford.
As Horford and teammate Marvin Williams chatted it up today on “Mayhem in the AM,” the morning sports show on Atlanta’s 790 The Zone, that incident came up in the conversation. Horford said that during the series, he and Pierce were at the free throw line and the Celtics veteran bet Horford, then a rookie, that the Hawks wouldn’t win a game.
The wager, Horford said, was for $10,000.
Horford said he hasn’t talked to Pierce since, “But I know he owes me money.”
“Marvin was a witness. We were at the free throw line and he was telling me that they were going to sweep us and all this and, you know, we bet and I never got anything.”
Horford and Williams both went on to express respect for Pierce as a competitor. Horford said:
“I’m not mad at him at all. You know, I mean, he’s a competitor like you said and, you know, he wants to win. He’s a good player so, I mean, it’s fine for him to talk. He’s a vet.”
The Celtics did sweep the regular-season series with Atlanta last season. The second-seeded Celtics never met the fourth-seeded Hawks in last year’s playoffs. The Hawks come to the Garden Nov. 13.