In an impressive show of bravado,
"Series," Pierce turned around and told the Hawks after the shot.
But, and there's always a but, there were still 8.3 seconds left on the clock, and that would be enough for Atlanta to make "The Truth" a liar.
On the truly final play of the game, backup point guard Dennis Schroder -- who had no business being in the game in the closing seconds, were it not for the fact that he helped spark the Hawks' rally in the fourth quarter -- drove straight to the hoop against Wizards guard John Wall, who swatted the shot off the backboard.
That would have ended the game if it weren't for
The Hawks lead the Wizards three games to two in the series going into Game 6, which will be played in Washington.