Los Angeles Clippers forward, Paul Pierce is on his farewell tour as he is set to retire from the NBA after the 2016-17 season. The Los Angeles Clippers visited the Boston Celtics on Sunday night and it would be the last time that the 18-year veteran would play at the Boston Garden (a.k.a. The Garden).
Pierce was reinserted into the game with just under 20 seconds left in regulation. He then rose up and hit a three-point shot over Isaiah Thomas, much to the delight of the roaring fans in attendance.
“I’m glad I ended it that way,” said Pierce, who had been on the bench after playing the first five minutes as a starter. “At least I can say I put one last bucket in.”
The Celtics selected Pierce 10th overall in the 1998 draft. He would go on to spend the next 13 years of his career with the Boston franchise.
Pierce kissed the Celtics logo at center court before the game began, honoring the team where he spent his prime and gave his best years as a basketball player.