With 3:09 left in the second quarter of Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce hitting a three-pointer from the left wing, giving him 25,001 points and making him the 18th player in NBA history to hit 25,000 career points,
Pierce hit the milestone in his 16th season, after 15 years and 24,021 points with the Boston Celtics. He ranks second all-time in points in Celtics franchise history.
The 36-year-old Pierce has averaged 21.3 points per game in 1,174 games heading into tonight, but a reduced role has meant a career-low 13.5 points per game average in Brooklyn.
Pierce is the fourth active player to hit the 25,000 point plateau, following just Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Nets teammate Kevin Garnett.