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Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

Pierce goes beyond 20,000 career points

BOSTON (AP) Paul Pierce stepped to the line, moved into NBA history and then finished off the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a moment he never would have dreamed of a few years ago.

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Green machine: Boston's Paul Pierce celebrates after scoring his 20,000th career point on a free throw in overtime against the Bucks on Wednesday. AP PHOTO

Pierce scored 12 of his 28 points in overtime to reach 20,000 points in his career, added a key steal with 27 seconds left, and helped the Boston Celtics beat the Bucks 105-102 on Wednesday night.

With the Celtics clinging to a 97-95 lead late in OT, Pierce hit the first of his two free throws, joining Hall of Famers John Havlicek and Larry Bird as the only players to reach the mark while playing their entire careers with Boston. He didn't stop there, hitting five more to seal the win.

"That was an emotional moment for me. It was tough for me to swallow at that point," he said. "You don't see that often that a player accomplishes the feat with one team. Five years ago, I would never have imagined I would score 20,000 points in a Celtics jersey. I was a disgruntled player."

Ray Allen had 23 points for the Celtics (4-1), Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 15 assists, and Kevin Garnett scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Andrew Bogut led the Bucks (1-4) with 21 points and 13 boards. Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino each scored 15 points and Brandon Jennings had 13.

"Hopefully this is a test for us and see how we need to play every night," Jennings said of the Bucks' slow start. "We did a lot of good things tonight. Somebody's got to lose."

Boston had a six-point lead with 1:20 to play in regulation, but the Bucks rallied to tie it on Delfino's driving basket with 10.5 seconds left.

"We fought, got into overtime and had our chances," Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. "We just weren't able to get it."

Lakers 112, Kings 100

In Sacramento, Kobe Bryant had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles win its fifth straight game to open the season.

Hawks 94, Pistons 85

In Atlanta, Al Horford had six straight points in an 18-4 run to finish the game.

Magic 128, Timberwolves 86

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots to help the Magic set a franchise record for most points in the first half in a victory over Minnesota.

Mavericks 102, Nuggets 101

In Denver, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 35 points.

Bobcats 85, Nets 83

In Newark, N.J., D.J. Augustin hit two go-ahead free throws with 30.9 seconds to play and Charlotte won for the first time this season.

76ers 101, Pacers 75

In Philadelphia, Elton Brand had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young scored 16 points.

Hornets 107, Rockets 99

In Houston, Chris Paul scored 25 points, Marco Belinelli added 18 and New Orleans beat the winless Rockets to remain unbeaten.

Jazz 125, Raptors 108

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams came within two rebounds of a triple-double.

Warriors 115, Grizzlies 109

In Oakland, Monta Ellis scored 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, and Dorell Wright made a career-high seven 3-pointers.

Spurs 112, Suns 110

In Phoenix, Richard Jefferson hit four fourth-quarter 3-pointers, including the go-ahead basket with 1:38 remaining.

Clippers 107, Thunder 92

In Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 27 points, and rookie Eric Bledsoe added 17 points and eight assists.

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