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Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce reach scoring milestones in win

Mar 14, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (L) and Celtics forward Paul Pierce watch the scoreboard video screen from the sidelines in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston Reuters

It was a night to talk history. Not just NBA history but the personal histories that tie two legendary current Celtics — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — together.

And there is no better place to talk NBA history than the Boston Garden.

Wednesday night Kevin Garnett scored a dozen points and moved past “The Logo,” past Jerry West into 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

One quarter later Paul Pierce (who had an efficient 15 points on six shots from the field) scored and moved past Charles Barkley into 20 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

After the game Garnett spoke about he and Pierce spending time together in their youth, playing in Los Angeles and being friends before taking different paths to the NBA and to Boston. From the Boston Globe.

“What you all don’t know is that Paul and I have history and it’s only right that we come in here and we make history together,” he said. “Thirteen, 14 [years old], tearing up his mom’s living room, breaking vases, almost getting our [butts] whupped. First time I ever experienced Crenshaw [Boulevard] on a Sunday, Paul taking me out being 15, 16 years old. Then finally being able to follow our dreams . . . having some duration together, trying to go to the same school then obviously going different paths then finally meeting up here in Boston, winning a championship, doing the things we’ve been doing since we’ve been here.”

Crenshaw Boulevard is a Los Angeles hangout of cars cruising and people cruising, people of primarily African-American and some Latino descent. It’s a cultural touchstone for many who grow up in Los Angeles.

And while KG and Pierce grew up on the other coast, they came of age in Boston.

  1. lakerryan - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Man good night for both of them as they are both now 15th on the list

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    You have Garnett moving past Jerry West into the 15th scoring spot all time and Pierce moving past Charles Barkley into the 15th scoring spot all time. Here’s the real list:

    Jerry West-20th
    Charles Barkley-26th

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Oh bugger; I was looking at the ABA/NBA list. Garnett is 15th and Pierce is 20th.

      • mornelithe - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Ahhh, there we go lol. I was wondering =)

    • mornelithe - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      You’re doing it wrong, somehow…

      1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
      2 Karl Malone 36,928
      3 Michael Jordan 32,292
      4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
      5 KOBE BRYANT 31,297
      6 Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
      7 Moses Malone 27,409
      8 Elvin Hayes 27,313
      9 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
      10 Oscar Robertson 26,710
      11 Dominique Wilkins 26,668
      12 John Havlicek 26,395
      13 Alex English 25,613
      14 Reggie Miller 25,279
      15 KEVIN GARNETT 25,201
      16 Jerry West 25,192
      17 Patrick Ewing 24,815
      18 DIRK NOWITZKI 24,678
      19 Allen Iverson 24,368
      20 PAUL PIERCE 23,763
      21 Charles Barkley 23,757
      22 RAY ALLEN 23,605
      23 TIM DUNCAN 23,457
      24 Robert Parish 23,334
      25 Adrian Dantley 23,177

      Pierce is 20th, Garnett is 15th.

      • adfranco - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Thanks. At least someone here can look up the actual scoring list. Looks like Kobe just might be in the #4 spot after this season, depending on his injury.

  3. truthplainandsimple - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Wait…what? Kevin Garnett was born and raised in South Carolina. What is he talking about?

    • giselleisasucubus - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      They met thru AAU & KG used to stay w/Pierce during tournaments in LA

  4. gildaymonster - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I really hope your business cards say ‘Blogger’ and not ‘Journalist’.

  5. acdc363 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    LOL this site is such a joke I actually look forward to (and enjoy) reading the comments more than the articles.

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    It’s still the Fleetcenter to me, the Gaaaaaaaaaden was tore down years ago

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