Paul Pierce fouled out last night for the third time since Game 7 against Philadelphia. It's about time he had some company, though LeBron James insisted that his aggressive post-up on Mickael Pietrus in overtime didn't deserve a whistle.

No matter. The Celtics captain liked the call.

"It was very frustrating. But it's very gratifying when you see the other star player foul out also," Pierce said after last night's 93-91 overtime win over Miami at the Garden, which tied the Eastern Conference finals at 2. "It evened up the playing field.