Paul Pierce Day spoiled by LeBron and Cavs

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Not long before the Celtics raised Paul Pierce's No. 34 to the rafters Sunday, one of Pierce's longtime rivals - LeBron James - was in the building for a matinee between Boston and Cleveland.

After being introduced, Pierce emerged from what the team says will now be named "The Paul Pierce Players" Tunnel", which "will serve as a reminder to all current and future players of what "being a Celtics' truly means".

This past offseason the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a mega-deal swapping superstars Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.

While the game got off to a promising start for the Cavaliers, it got off to a better one for the Celtics.

Pierce himself then came to center court to address the capacity crowd, which remained in attendance following the game.

"Celtic pride will always be with me and my family. Where would I be without you guys, the best fans in the world?"

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LeBron James led the new-look Cavaliers to a blowout in Boston with an individual performance reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday.

On Sunday, the Boston Celtics will retire the jersey of Paul Pierce, a Celtics legend who led the franchise to their 17th championship in 2008. The Boston Celtics have split their last eight home games.

"No one sticks. Everyone wants to jump around and look for the team that they can try to win with".

On an afternoon that was slated to be a five-hour long celebration of the success of Paul Pierce and the Celtics' past, the Celtics' present laid an egg.

Pierce's retirement ceremony wasn't taking place until after the game, but all his former teammates and friends on hand for the occasion took their spot courtside to watch the final game between two of the East's top teams.

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