Paul Pierce Day spoiled by LeBron and Cavs

Dec 27 2017 Indianapolis IN USA An official NBA basketball rests on the floor during a timeout in a game with the Dallas Mavericks playing against the Indiana Pacers during the 4th quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock

Dec 27 2017 Indianapolis IN USA An official NBA basketball rests on the floor during a timeout in a game with the Dallas Mavericks playing against the Indiana Pacers during the 4th quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock

While a 12-point deficit is not good, the Cavs have given up bigger leads in the second half in recent weeks.

Some have them pegged in discussions for Kemba Walker, a player Michael Jordan doesn't want to trade, but who knows since this is the National Basketball Association. "They dominated the game in all areas". The Cavs could do little wrong on offense while the Celtics could do little right. When the third quarter mercifully came to an end, it was down to 21 points, 95-74.

Pierce's retirement ceremony wasn't taking place until after the game, but all his former teammates and friends on hand for the occasion took their spot courtside to watch the final game between two of the East's top teams.

Cleveland was playing its first game with a full squad after making a series of deadline-day trades to retool its roster, with George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. all making their Cavs debuts. Griffin scored 23 points for the Pistons, who have lost two straight after winning five in a row, including four with Griffin, the newly acquired forward.

"All of our new guys performed and played well", head coach Tyronn Lue said. "They played hard, and they competed, and it was just good to see the team smiling again and having fun".


"It was a good start".

24 hours before the franchise was set to celebrate the legacy for Paul Pierce, there was a celebration dinner where Parish actually stated that Paul Pierce will go down as the best scorer the Celtics have ever seen. Although Pierce only won one title with the Celtics, the significance of the Celtics title in 2008 was astounding.

The Boston Celtics storied franchise has a bunch of legends and Robert Parish is easily one of them.

"Paul, thank you for all that you have done for the entire city", Ainge said.

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