BOSTON -- In a career filled with milestones and benchmarks, Paul Pierce moved up in the rankings in yet another statistical category.
Pierce passed Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon to claim the 18th all-time spot in free throw attempts. The Celtics captain entered the game with 7,617 attempts, four shy of Olajuwon, and finished the game with six shots at the line during the Celtics 107-89 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Pierce reached the mark in his 1,035th regular season game. Olajuwon played in a total of 1,238.
The 35-year-old will have to get to the line quite a bit before reaching the 17th spot. Dolph Schayes holds the spot with 7,904 attempts.
Pierce currently ranks 14th all-time in free throws made (6,158).
The Celtics reportedly are "expected" to talk to the Mavericks about a deal for Andrew Bogut, according to scout.com, but negotiations would be "dependent on what bigger move Boston can make".
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Bogut, 32, is in the final year of his contract. The 7-foot center, while healthy, has played in only 26 games this year and is averaging just three points a game. But he's also averaging 8.3 rebounds in 22.4 minutes, and rebounding has been one of the Celtics' big areas of weakness this year. The C's rank 27th in the league in reboundinh, and 26th in defensive rebounding.
According to scout.com, the Mavs would part with Bogut for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's first-round draft choices.
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