NBA: Boston retires Paul Pierce's jersey number as Celtics fall to Cavs

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(CNN Philippines) — After almost 10 years of helping Boston capture its 17th National Basketball Association (NBA) title, the Celtics have retired Paul Pierce's jersey number 34.

The ceremony took place Monday after the Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled the event with a 121-99 win at the TD Garden.

Joining Pierce were his family and former Celtics teammates who were part of the 2008 championship run including Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett.

The University of Kansas product was selected by Boston as the 10th overall pick in 1998 NBA Draft.

 

The 6-foot-7 small forward became the 22nd member of the famed franchise to have his number hang at the rafters — joining Walter Brown (1), Red Auerbach (2), Dennis Johnson (3), Bill Russell (6), JoJo White (10), Bob Cousy (14), Tom Heinsohn (15), Satch Sanders (16), John Havlicek (17), Dave Cowens (18), Don Nelson (19), Bill Sharman (21), Ed Macauley (22), Frank Ramsey (23), Sam Jones (24), K.C. Jones (25), Cedric Maxwell (31), Kevin McHale (32), Larry Bird (33), Reggie Lewis (35), and Robert Parish (00).

During his 15-year stint with the Celtics, Pierce averaged 21.8 points and six rebounds. He is the second-leading scorer in franchise history with 24,021 points behind John Havlicek's 26,395 points.

Boston traded Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2013 season in a multiple player trade.

As his career was nearing to an end, Pierce also suited up for the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.