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Paul Pierce makes milestone count

His 20,000th point -- in an OT win -- shows how far he's come with the Celtics

Updated: November 4, 2010, 10:29 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- He knew. The game was in overtime, every possession was magnified, focus was at a premium -- and Paul Pierce knew. He dropped a free throw with 13.3 seconds remaining, then raised his arms as the TD Garden crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Twenty-thousand points.

He knew he needed 23 to get there, and this was No. 23. Somehow, amid all the clamor, he knew. Don't think for a minute these guys don't know what they need to reach a certain milestone, be it 20,000 points ...

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