May 12, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (right) drives to the hoop against Philadelphia 76ers small forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Jayhwaks in NBA: Paul Pierce and 76ers Game 1

Here at Through the Phog, we like to take a periodic look at former Kansas Jayhawks players in other sports. The most noteworthy of these players is small forward Paul Pierce, and the Boston Celtics legend was in a playoff game at 8:00 PM ET at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Celtics legend scored 14 points in the team’s game one win in the conference semis against the Philadelphia 76ers. The C’s won 92-91, but Pierce’s 14 points did come on 3-11 shooting. It’s usually difficult to find him on an off shooting night, but Paul Pierce also had six assists and rebounds to make up for that.

As usual, Pierce was actively drawing fouls and converting them from the charity stripe. He offset those eight misses with eight makes from the line on eight attempts to lead both teams. He also had two blocks and only turned the ball over twice in the narrow game. Don’t read into the -3 +/-, because Rajon Rondo had a 0 and ended with a triple-double (13-12-17).

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 29 points on 12-2o shooting, and Rondo also added four steals to go with the triple double. Garnett had 11 rebounds and three blocks, with all 11 rebounds coming on the defensive end.

For the Philadelphia 76ers, Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner combined for 35 points in two efficient outings. The stars made up for a four-point stinker from big man Elton Brand. Turner had four steals and ten rebounds, and he has completely changed and broken out as a sophomore due to improved defense and a high work rate on the boards. Center Spencer Hawes went 15-8-3 on 6-12 shooting in the loss for the Sixers.

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