NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce surpassed former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson for 19th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list early in the second quarter of Saturday night’s 89-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center.
Pierce, who finished with 17 points, entered the game two points behind Iverson (24,368). Pierce now has 24,383 career points. Next up on the list? New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing (24,815).
“It’s just a tribute to my longevity,” Pierce said. “Just being able to stay healthy and continuing to work on my craft, and playing with a lot of good teammates over the years.”
In his past five games, Pierce is averaging 15.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting. He has played very well since being moved from the 3-spot to the four.
“Paul has a very high basketball IQ, he understands when shots present themselves but also can put the ball on the floor and be a playmaker,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “He was big for us, being able to find his teammates and also being able to knock down shots.”
Added Pierce: “I just try to play team basketball; play within the system, take the opportunities in my newfound role at the 4. That’s all I’m trying to do, just trying to fill in, do what I can to help.”