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11/04/2010 - 7:58am
Mashup: Surfing champ's death a shock

The surfing world is in shock following the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons, who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Dallas hotel room during a layover on a trip to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight home. Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


11/04/2010 - 12:34am
Pierce on 20K: 'Not going to downplay it'

With the TD Garden crowd rising in anticipation, Paul Pierce became just the 36th player in NBA history to score 20,000 points when he made the first of two free throws with 13.3 seconds left in overtime during the Celtics' 105-102 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Pierce followed that by converting the second to put the Celtics up four points, giving them a cushion they would need to win their third straight. 

 

"You know it was an emotional moment for me, tough for me to swallow," Pierce said afterward. "I was just thinking about all the years I have been here and you don’t see it to often where a player accomplishes that kind of feat playing with one team. It is a great accomplishment. The fans seeing my ups and downs throughout the years and sticking with me, just to be able to accomplish this type of feat, it means a lot to me I am not going to downplay it.”

 

Pierce, who came...

11/04/2010 - 12:20am
Garnett: 'I'm a passionate player'

In the last 24 hours, Kevin Garnett has been accused of calling Charlie Villanueva, "a cancer patient," while responding that he actually said that Villanueva was a cancer on his own team. He's also helped the Celtics win two games including a 105-102 overtime victory over the Bucks Wednesday night that featured a small scuffle between him and Andrew Bogut, which resulted in double technical fouls. After Garnett dunked on Bogut, Garnett threw an elbow and Bogut responded with a shove.

 

"I’m a passionate player," Garnett said. "With all these rules I’m trying my best to get out of situations. I’m definitely not trying to invite them. The game is passionate and I play with a lot of energy for the 15, going on 16 years I’ve played this way. If you like my style that’s what you’re going to love about me. I leave it out there 100 percent on the court. I make no ends about it. I’m a...

11/03/2010 - 11:09pm
Milestone win: Pierce, C's outlast Bucks

Paul Pierce had 12 of his 28 points in overtime and Rajon Rondo had another stellar game as the Celtics overcome a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-102, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Pierce joined Larry Bird and John Havlicek as the only players in franchise history to reach the 20,000-point plateau in a career. He has 20,005 and reached the mark late in overtime. Rondo dished out another 15 assists and scored 17 points, making 7-of-10 from the field for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight. 

 

After blowing the lead, the Bucks reclaimed the advantage on Ersan Ilyasova's put-back. But the Bucks came unglued when Andrew Bogut became entangled with Kevin Garnett under the Bucks basket with 2:30 remaining in regulation. Garnett pushed and Bogut threw an elbow back and the two had to be separated. Both received double-technicals but remained in the game. 

 

Garnett, who issued a...

11/03/2010 - 11:09pm
Paul Pierce reaches 20,000 points

Paul Pierce became the third player in Celtics history to reach 20,000 points, eclipsing the milestone with a free throw with 13.3 second left in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks. The 23rd point of the night for Pierce gave him 20,000 in his career, allowing him to join John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791) as the only players in franchise history to reach the milestone.

 

After making the free throw, Pierce thrust his arms up in response to a standing ovation from the crowd at TD Garden. Following the game, when asked on Comcast New England what the accomplishment, Pierce initially could not respond while overcome by emotion.

 

"I've just been through so many ups and downs. To reach a certain plateau, being on one team, it's just a special place. It's meant so much. I'm thankful to the fans who have stuck behind me the last 13 years, to see me accomplish such a feat, and I'm glad to do it in a Celtics...

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