A couple of days ago, Paul Pierce called Celtics fans "very knowledgeable." He, therefore, wasn't surprised when the Garden gathering rose unprompted last night when he passed Larry Bird for second on the franchise's career scoring list.

In fact, the 226th consecutive sellout could be seen and heard as Pierce missed his five previous shots. Their anticipation was both visible and audible.

"I'm not going to lie," Pierce said after the Celts' 94-84 victory against Charlotte. "It was hanging over my head too much. I mean, how could it not?