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Pietrus shows promise in Celtic debut

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Pietrus shows promise in Celtic debut

BOSTON A couple of minutes was all Mickael Pietrus wanted in his Boston Celtics debut on Wednesday.
He got more than just a couple minutes - 18, actually.
And the Celtics may have more than just someone to lighten the load for Paul Pierce.
Pietrus made quite a splash in his first game with the C's, a 90-85 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The 6-foot-6 wing player finished with five points which included a 3-pointer - his first shot attempt as a Celtic.
He also had two steals, the last one ultimately resulting in a Boston lay-up that tied up the game in the fourth.
"He was phenomenal," coach Doc Rivers said when asked about Pietrus. "He was one of our best players in the game."
Those comments only strengthen the words of Rivers in recent days when discussing how Pietrus has been one of the team's top players in practice.
Boston would love for Pietrus to give the C's another scoring option off the bench. But even more important than that, is his athleticism and versatility as a defender.
"He's exactly what we need," Rivers added. "And it's just going to get better."
Pietrus certainly hopes so, both for himself and the Celtics (4-5), who are still in search of their first win over a team with a winning record.
When he reached a buyout with the Phoenix Suns last month, Pietrus said he already had his mind made up that he wanted to join the Celtics.
He has rattled off many reasons since then as to why he so desperately wanted to be in Boston.
But there are 17 - as in, the number of Celtics titles - that immediately come to mind.
"Anytime I step on the floor I'm trying to give the team my heart," Pietrus said. "The Celtics are my heart now. I tell you everything, that's what I'm going to bring every night and I'm not going to lie to you, I'm here to win a championship!"
And he'll help the C's towards that end by simply being a reliable role player.
As far as what that role will be, Pietrus keeps it pretty simple.
"My role is to win championships. That's why I'm here for, to win championship. I want them to have one this year with me," Pietrus said. "So I'm very excited. My role would be like every time I step on the floor, to help my team win basketball game, play as hard as I can."

Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

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Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.

PATRIOTS 33, RAIDERS 8

-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.