Paul Pierce Gets No. 34 Retired By Celtics


The biggest sporting event of Sunday was Cavaliers-Celtics in Boston as the new-look Cavs took to the floor for the first time on the day when Boston was set to retire Paul Pierce's jersey.

James stole Pierce's spotlight with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to power the Cavaliers to a statement 121-99 victory against former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Celtics in a battle of Eastern Conference heavyweights at TD Garden. Kyle Korver is dishing 1.2 assists and JR Smith is grabbing 2.9 rebounds.

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Cleveland caps a three-game road trip Tuesday in Oklahoma City. The Celtics were retiring his jersey after the game, and it would have made for a much better celebration. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.7 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line.

James gave Cavs fans a scare when he left the game after suffering an apparent right leg injury late in the first quarter.

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Before the game, Rivers talked about Pierce's legacy in Boston. His career lasted 21 seasons.

Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge each took the microphone to reflect on Pierce's career, as did former Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

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Pierce was celebrated throughout Boston's blowout loss to the Cavaliers. Everybody seems to be back on the Cleveland Cavaliers bandwagon, but we have yet to see how they're going to play with a new roster. The Celtics will treat this as a statement game and get the job done, covering the reasonable number.