Michael Jordan didn't guard Paul Pierce until the 4th quarter, but totally shut him down when he did start checking him in their first regular season meeting. Pierce had 2 points on 1/6 FG in the 4th quarter, and 0 points in the last 10 minutes, with all of those shot attempts coming against Jordan. Jordan also forced him into 2 turnovers in the quarter.
Paul Pierce averaged 26.1 points per game, 44% FG and 40% from the downtown in 2001/02, the 2nd highest scoring mark of his career, and was 3rd in the league in ppg behind Allen Iverson (31.4) and Shaquille O'Neal (27.2). That season, Paul Pierce scored more than Tracy McGrady (25.6) and Tim Duncan (25.5). Kobe Bryant was 6th with 25.2 points per game.
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Michael Jordan, 38 years old, had 22.9 points per game and he was the 10th scorer in the NBA season 01/02. He had more points per game than Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Peja Stojakovic.
MJ in his prime probably could have won multiple DPOY in the modern era especially with less defensive big men for a competition like Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Dikembe Mutombo, Dennis Rodman, Alonzo Mourning, etc.
Michael Jordan scored 32pts at age 38, and Paul Pierce scored only 14 points.
You can check the boxscore, Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics Box Score, November 7, 2001.