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Paul Pierce not backing down on NBA title, city bragging rights

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Tim Bontemps and Mike Mazzeo went down to Basketball City on Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan Thursday to talk with  Paul Pierce as he hosted a Sprint promotion. He challenged young fans to best him at a game of H-O-R-S-E.

What they got -- and what WFAN listeners got earlier-- was vintage Pierce. No longer pining for Boston, Pierce made it plain he wants an NBA Championship for Brooklyn and bragging rights to the city.  "It's time," he said, "for the Nets to start running this city."

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