Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT
Any time you pass Larry Bird on any list, you’re doing something right.
Paul Pierce should already have cemented himself as one of the Boston Celtics’ all-time great players, but to echo that point Pierce passed Bird to move into second on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a jumper in the third quarter that gave him 21,792 points. (To answer your question, John Havlicek with 26,395 points.)
When the shot went in the Garden erupted in cheers and Pierce waved his arms to acknowledge and thank the crowd.
Pierce has had quite a career in Boston, having seen the bottom and a banner go to the rafters. He has survived a stabbing and become one of the modern icons of a legendary franchise.
This was his night. It’s well deserved. He should savor it.
- Report: Sixers may look to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire at this season’s deadline 0
- Kevin Durant reiterates that rest was his reason for withdrawing from Team USA 6
- Kobe Bryant says he will not be same player as before, says he’s evolved into something equally good 14
- Report: Agent for Greg Monroe pursued sign-and-trade deals with five teams, including Thunder and Blazers 23
- Derrick Rose sits out another Team USA practice, not likely to start Wednesday 20
- DeMarcus Cousins practices with team USA Tuesday, says he’s 50-50 for Wednesday game 2
- Jim Boeheim says of Carmelo Anthony, “it would have been better to go to Chicago” 31
- Steve Ballmer screams like a maniac at Clippers rally 26