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Paul Pierce lifts 2008 Larry O’Brien trophy as Celtics retire No. 34


BOSTON — Less than a decade after tears filled his eyes as he raised Boston's 2008 title banner, Paul Pierce was all smiles as his No. 34 went the TD Garden rafters on Sunday afternoon as part of a jersey retirement celebration following Boston's 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. Pierce is the 22nd number retired in Celtics history. He joined an eight-square banner that already featured the numbers of Dennis Johnson (3), Larry Bird (33), Kevin McHale (32), Reggie Lewis (35), Robert Parish (00), and Cedric Maxwell (31). After raising his jersey, Pierce grabbed the Larry O'Brien trophy from the 2008 Finals and raised it at center court. Fans responded with a sustained "Thank

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