BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce has passed Larry Bird for second place on the Boston Celtics’ career scoring list.
Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird’s total of 21,791 when the Celtics hosted the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to overtake Bird’s total.
Pierce knew he had it, raising his arms as Boston fans gave him a standing ovation. The applause lasted for several minutes as teammate Kevin Garnett waved the crowd on for more.
Pierce still has a ways to go to become the Celtics all-time leading scorer. John Havlicek holds that mark with 26,395 points.