BOSTON - Paul Pierce made history with his three-pointer with 10:23 remaining in the third quarter, moving him into second place all-time on the Boston Celtics scoring list. The man Pierce leapfrogged? None other than Larry Legend.
Pierce's three pushed him past basketball and team icon, Larry Bird, and was met with a chaotic ovation from the crowd. Pierce raised his hands in celebration after the basket and received an ongoing booming ovation. During the next timeout, the Celtics honored Pierce with a video tribute, and the captain walked to center court to acknowledge the crowd.
Up until that point, the Celtics had struggled to maintain focus and let the Charlotte Bobcats, the worst team in the NBA, hang around. But when the milestone was passed, the C's regained focus and took care of business with a 94-84 win.
Pierce finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the milestone game. No doubt, Pierce was the top storyline of the game, but Kevin Garnett was the player of the game for Boston, leading all scorers with 22 points and had eight rebounds. Ray Allen scored 17, Rajon Rondo added 10 points and 14 assits and Brandon Bass had 13 points.
Reggie Williams paced the Bobcats with 21 points and Derrick Brown added 20 points off the bench. Kemba Walker, a UConn graduate, had 16 points and seven rebounds in his return to the region.
Boston has a tough test ahead when it hosts the Los Angeles Lakers on
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