Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos A deafening cheer and a shout of “Let’s go, Pats,” Pierce was back in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday to give Celtics fans one last chance to celebrate the player who helped the NBA’s most-decorated franchise return to the top of the league.Restored to the Los Angeles Clippers’ starting lineup by current and former coach Doc Rivers, Pierce was greeted with a long and loud ovation at his introduction , when the new Boston Garden rang out again with his nickname: The Truth. A highlight video at the first timeout appeared to bring him to tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Fans really showered me with a lot of love,” Pierce said after the Celtics won 107-102. “You really don’t know what you’ve meant to a team while you’re playing. It hit me a lot tonight, but I’m sure it’s going to hit me a lot more when I’m done playing.”After starting the game — his first appearance for the Clippers since New Year’s Eve, Pierce sat on the bench until the game was out of reach. But in the final seconds, with the fans already standing and cheering, Pierce launched a 3-pointer for one final eruption. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON — Paul Pierce walked back onto the parquet floor one last time, dropped to his knees at center court and gave the Boston Celtics leprechaun logo a big kiss.“Lucky’s been through it all with me, the ups and downs. He helped me out on a couple of occasions,” the former Celtics captain said. “It’s the last time I’m going to touch this floor as a player. I’m sure I’ll be back as a fan.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If you give it your all here and win a championship they will love you,” Thomas said. “It drives me a lot. I want to be like that: give my blood, sweat and tears and come back and play your last game here. That type of love is unforgettable.”Pierce’s No. 34 Celtics jerseys filled the crowd — more visible even than the Patriots shirts worn by fans looking to rush home after the game to watch the Super Bowl. (During a silent moment in national anthem, a shout came from the stands: “Let’s go, Pats!”)Pierce played the first five minutes and missed the first shot of the game. He was still 0 for 1 when went to the bench at the first timeout. (He did not return in the first half, and early in the second the Garden crowd broke into a chant of “We want Paul!”)But that didn’t dampen the emotion of the highlight video that followed him from Kansas to the draft, showing him posing with Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, hitting game-winning baskets and raising the NBA championship and finals MVP trophies.The sold-out Garden stood and cheered for more than a minute. Pierce waved, blew kisses to the crowd and appeared to lose his composure, taking several deep breaths and wiping his eyes with a towel.Rivers said he told his players before the game to pay attention.“When you finish your career, remember what’s going to happen in five minutes,” Rivers recalled telling them. “All of you aren’t going to be Hall of Famers, but just remember that when you finish your career, you’re empty and you can walk away with no regrets. That’s what Paul’s doing tonight.”Rivers, who was the Celtics coach in both the depths of the 2006-07 season and when they won it all the next year, said he had a plan for Pierce to return at the end but wanted to win the game, too.“Him making that shot just, I don’t know what the heck that is,” Rivers said. “That only happens here.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m glad I was able to cap it off, my last game in the Garden,” he said. “At least I can just say I put one last bucket in at the end of the game.”A first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1998, Pierce toiled in Boston through the down years of M.L. Carr and Rick Pitino, watching as the once-proud team lost a franchise-record 18 games in a row while he was injured in 2006-07. The next year, after the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Boston won its NBA-record 17th championship.But as the New Big Three aged, general manager Danny Ainge traded them — and Rivers — off for the draft choices that would help them rebuild. Pierce spent time in Brooklyn and Washington before reuniting with Rivers in Los Angeles.Having announced that he will retire at the end of the season, Pierce’s last visit to Boston became a must-see event.He spent Saturday visiting some old Boston favorites and recording it — including a chance encounter with current Celtics all-star Isaiah Thomas — on Instagram. 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In a year-end box office showdown pitting a lion against a giant ape, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” managed to wrestle the No. 1 spot back from “King Kong” as Hollywood brought the curtain down on a disappointing year at the multiplex to continue a three-year trend. “It’s the battle of the blockbusters at the top of the charts duking it out, much to the benefit of the overall box office,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. “This is a great way to start 2006.” “Narnia” and “Kong” have ruled during a crowded holiday season and propelled the New Year’s weekend box office to tally an impressive 5 percent gain over last year, with the top 12 movies grossing just over $130 million, according to studio estimates Monday. But that was not enough to alter the bigger picture, as the domestic box office is expected to finish about 5 percent behind 2004 with ticket sales of just under $9 billion – the third down year in a row for the movie industry in terms of revenue from ticket sales. Final 2005 numbers will be released today. Close behind in fourth place was the family comedy “Cheaper By The Dozen 2” starring Steve Martin. The sequel, released by 20th Century Fox, has not performed nearly at the same level as the original 2003 hit while taking in an estimated $19.3 million over the four days. But the film’s grosses were up 26 percent from last weekend and it has earned a respectable $55.1 million so far. “It’s just moving along very nicely,” said Bruce Snyder, Fox’s president of distribution. Rounding out the top five was the Jennifer Aniston comedy-drama “Rumor Has It,” also starring Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo and Shirley MacLaine. “Rumor,” released by Warner Bros., had estimated four-day ticket sales of $11.6 million and has taken in $26.7 million since its Dec. 25 release. For films not yet in wide release, a high per-screen average is an indication of their early buzz and word-of-mouth potential. Universal’s “Munich,” directed by Steven Spielberg, finished in 10th place despite being in just 532 theaters. The film, which will expand into about 1,800 locations Friday, earned $6.1 million over the four days, averaging a sensational $11,515 per theater. It has earned $15.6 million to date. Focus Features’ “Brokeback Mountain” continued its strong performance in limited release and once again posted the highest per-screen average of any movie in the top 15. Playing in 269 locations, it earned an average of $17,702 per screen for a four-day total of $4.8 million. It goes into wider release Friday and has grossed $15 million to date. DreamWorks’ “Match Point,” written and directed by Woody Allen, opened Wednesday in just eight locations in New York and Los Angeles, and had a stunning per-screen average of $64,625 and has grossed $720,000 in six days. It will expand to 300 more theaters in eight additional markets Friday. “This is beyond anything we were guessing,” said Don Harris, DreamWorks’ head of domestic sales. “People are liking this movie, and it bodes well for its expansion.” There were also strong averages for Disney’s “Casanova” in 37 locations ($15,243 per screen and a weekend gross of $560,000) and The Weinstein Co.’s “The Matador,” which averaged $23,100 in four locations in New York and Los Angeles for a total of $92,000. It expands nationwide Jan. 20. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 [email protected] Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations. Final figures will be released Tuesday. 1. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Buena Vista, $32.8 million. 2. “King Kong,” Universal, $31.6 million. 3. “Fun With Dick and Jane,” Sony, $21 million. 4. “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” Fox, $19.3 million. 5. “Rumor Has It,” Warner Bros., $11.6 million. 6. “The Family Stone,” Fox, $10.2 million. 7. “Memoirs of a Geisha,” Sony, $10 million. 8. “The Ringer,” Fox Searchlight, $8 million. 9. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” Warner Bros., $7.5 million. 10. “Munich,” Universal, $6.1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Narnia,” based on the popular C.S. Lewis novel, has taken just three weekends to place itself as the fourth-highest-grossing film released in 2005, behind only “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “War of the Worlds.” The Disney hit had an estimated four-day gross of $32.8 million and has earned a whopping $224.8 million since its release. “Kong,” released by Universal Pictures, had spent two weekends at No. 1 but had to settle for a near photo-finish for second place this time around with estimated four-day ticket sales of $31.6 million. The three-hour epic, directed by Peter Jackson, has grossed $174.3 million since its Dec. 14 release and crossed the $400 million mark worldwide. “The first ‘Lord of the Rings’ was sitting at $164 million on Dec. 31, so we hope we’re in that company,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution. “This was not a film that had a built-in franchise, but it is a great film and I think it’s going to have legs.” The Jim Carrey comedy “Fun With Dick and Jane” is shaping up to be a solid hit with a third-place finish and an estimated four-day gross of $21 million. The Sony Pictures Entertainment release has taken in $64.5 million since its Dec. 21 opening and propelled Sony past the $1 billion in domestic grosses for 2005. “It remains the No. 1 comedy in America and is headed in the right direction,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution.