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Paul Pierce joins Kobe and Garnett in illustrious 25K club

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Paul Pierce's name was added to the NBA history books on Friday night, as his 13 points took him past the 25,000 mark during his stellar career.

The Brooklyn Nets forward became the 18th member in the illustrious group, and one of only four still currently plying their trade in the league.

Teammate Kevin Garnett, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and German veteran Dirk Nowitzki have also reached the landmark. 

Pierce needed only 5 points in the game to take him across the threshold of 25,000 points, and he achieved it with a 3-pointer in the second quarter which was met by warm applause by the home crowd.

The 2008 title winner with Boston Celtics confirmed after the match that his title win meant more, but was grateful to his body for allowing him to make the achieved total:

"Statistical things, they come and go. There's gonna be players in the future that pass me up, but when you win, that lasts forever.

"It's great. I'm gonna enjoy being part of history. It's just a testament to my hard work and consistency over the years and good health." he told ESPN.

"Everybody's talking about it. My family's here, my friends that's all they're talking about, and I was the same way when I reached the 20,000-point mark. I remember I couldn't hit a shot in the first quarter because I was pressing just to get it."

Coach Jason Kidd was equally happy for his star and confirmed he was an important part of the play-off cog for the Nets:

"He's been big for us all year, being able to go from the 3 to the 4,...We're asking him to guard bigger guys and offensively it's a big honor. I don't know if I've ever gotten that far, but 25,000 is a lot of points. I'm happy for him."

Pierce will be looking to increase his total this week as the Nets finish their regular season with games against the Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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