Paul Pierce Moves into 15th Place on NBA’s All-Time Scoring List, Passing Fellow Celtics Legend John Havlicek

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce, a longtime member of the Boston Celtics, moved into 15th place on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list with a circus and-one shot in the fourth quarter of LA’s 125–96 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The basket gave Pierce 26,397 points for his 19-year career, moving him past another Celtics legend — Hall of Famer John Havlicek (26,395 career points) — in scoring as the 39-year-old forward added one last accolade in his final season in the league.


Havlicek, who played all 16 seasons of his career with the Celtics, remains the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with the Celtics — before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013 offseason — accumulating 24,021 points with Boston, the second-most in franchise history. Pierce is the Celtics’ all-time leader in three-pointers, free throws and steals and ranks fourth in blocks, fifth in assists and seventh in rebounds.

After one-year stints with the Nets and the Washington Wizards, Pierce has played out the final two seasons of his career with the Clippers.

Now a reserve player, he has seen action in just 24 games this season. He played only seven minutes in Thursday’s win, scoring a season-high 10 points. All of Pierce’s points came in a three-minute stretch in the contest’s final period in which he buried two three-pointers from the top of the key, nailed a step-back jumper on the left baseline and concluded his mini scoring burst with the and-one bucket that helped the 10-time All-Star and former NBA Finals MVP become a top-15 scorer in league history.

Originally published at on April 11, 2017.