Watch Paul Pierce Drill One Last 3-Pointer In Perfect Boston Send-Off

Watch Paul Pierce Drill One Last 3-Pointer In Perfect Boston Send-Off

There was a rousing tribute on the jumbotron that nearly brought the emotional Pierce to tears and there were spontaneous chants of "we want Paul" throughout the game. But eventually he was traded to Brooklyn and is now playing his final season with his hometown Clippers.

What a statistical oddity it was that both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics - the NBA's most bitter rivals and historic, title-rich organizations - entered Friday night's game at TD Garden with precisely the same number of wins in franchise history: 3,252.

Pierce, who spent 15 seasons of his 19-year career in Boston, announced last year that this would be his final National Basketball Association season.

"I lived right down the street from the Forum".

"The memories are always going to be with me", Pierce said.

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"It was a tough pill to swallow to be drafted by the Celtics".

Perhaps most encouraging for the Celtics was their work on the glass. "They wanted him to start, which I thought was great".

"But my whole career, the way I got here, and how everything ended up, is pretty ironic, too". "I'm just soaking it all in, enjoying every moment of it, giving it back to the fans what they gave me". You know, [18] years ago today was my first game as a starter, and I'm ending that off in 2017 as a starter in the Boston Garden, ending my career, last game here on the same day, which is pretty ironic. "He really appreciates the game now".

He has recorded 34 straight 20-point games as he continues to charge at John Havlicek's club record of 40. Despite all the attention paid to Pierce and his final game at the TD Garden as a player, there was still a game to be played.

Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' loss to the Celtics. "He's one of the best players in the league, period". But that's just how it is.

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The Celtics even played a tribute video to the star that caused the player to tear up. Then I went to Paul and he was actually hesitant about it.

Early on, it looked like the Lakers might hold on to their claim to all-time wins for one more night.

He was the lightning rod on a Celtics team with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. The fans certainly had a lot to love about Sunday's game, but Pierce got as much out of this as they did. He saw the 2008 World Champions banner dangling, surrounded by a sea of previous championships and retired numbers for the warriors that earned them.

"I think it's a unique enough rivalry that 100 years from now it will probably be tied again", Stevens said.

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