Paul Pierce is officially better than Larry Bird. Er, okay. So that's debatable. But if you're going strictly by the number of points they each scored during their respective careers, Pierce is better than Larry Legend. During last night's game against the Bobcats at TD Garden in Boston, PP passed Bird on the Celtics' all-time scoring list. Prior to the game, Bird was No. 2 with 21,791 points—and Pierce says he was feeling the pressure of passing the legendary NBA player.
"I'm not going to lie," he said after the game, "it was hanging over my head too much. How could it not? With every deep breath that the crowd was taking, every shot that went up, it was just like, you could just feel it. And it was hard to really ignore it and really focus on the game."
Fortunately, as we mentioned, the Celts were playing the Bobcats, so he really didn't have anything to worry about. He hit a three-pointer with about 10 minutes to go in the third quarter to pass Bird. And he now sits at No. 2 on the Celts' all-time scoring list, trailing only John Havlicek, who scored 26,395 points in his career. Not that that's on his mind or anything.
"I think the fans will really appreciate another championship, [more] than me passing Hondo," Pierce said. "So that's my ultimate goal."
Right. But, we bet you wouldn't turn down 26,396, either. Stay low and keep firing!
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