Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Paul Pierce Gets No. 34 Retired By Celtics

Paul Pierce Gets No. 34 Retired By Celtics

The shirt pays tribute to a banner of Celtics retired numbers hanging from the rafters, with Pierce's No. 34 in the bottom left corner.

The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 121-99 road win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday at TD Garden.

Pierce and James had many memorable playoff battles, including Pierce going on to win the NBA Finals after scoring 41 points in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals to eliminate the Cavaliers despite 45 points from James.

During his career, Pierce averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He chipped in eight during a 13-2 burst that turned a one-point deficit into a double-digit lead.

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In their first appearances for Cleveland since being acquired at the trade deadline, Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points and George Hill 12. But when the Cavaliers raced to a 27-point lead halfway through the final quarter the crowd couldn't hold back chanting "We want Paul Pierce".

The Boston Celtics (40-17) have lost two of their last three games including a 97-91 defeat to the Pacers in which Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in 8 of 18 shooting from the field and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. He barreled into Boston's Aron Baynes driving to the basket and was called for the charge before limping to the sidelines. LeBron's teammates have struggled to knock down the shots he has been providing in recent weeks so hopefully the new line-up will be able to convert more than the old side, in order to give the Celtics a good game on Sunday.

Boston has been at the top in the Eastern Conference all season, thanks to superb play from Kyrie Irving, the NBA's top-rated defense and the rapid development of its young players.

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