Paul Pierce entered Tuesday's action needing 10 points to pass Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Boston Celtics' all-time scoring list. (John Havlicek is No. 1, likely out of reach.) He scored seven in the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats, then missed five straight shots hunting for the bucket that would tie or pass Bird until Rajon Rondo set him up for a three-pointer a couple minutes into the third.
Pierce went on to score 15 points, and Kevin Garnett rung up 22. Rajon Rondo had 14 assists in total, and Boston never trailed in the second half en route to a 94-84 win over the Bobcats.
With the win, the Celtics rose to 14-10 on the season, and sits on the cusp of passing the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks in the East standings -- no small feat considering Boston's slow start to the season. Charlotte has a league-worst 3-22 record. Reggie Williams had a team-high 21 points and five assists; Kemba Walker led the team in rebounds with seven. This roster is trouble.