Boston Celtics legend Sam Jones passed away on Thursday night at the age of 88.

The Celtics released a statement Friday ahead of their game against the Phoenix Suns, and then they held a moment of silence at TD Garden to honor Jones:

Sam Jones was one of the most talented, versatile, and clutch shooters for the most successful and dominant teams in NBA history. His scoring ability was so prolific, and his form so pure, that he earned the simple nickname, “The Shooter.” He was also known as “Mr. Clutch.” One of the many testaments to his clutch performances is the fact that his playoff scoring average (18.9) exceeded his regular season output (17.7). His number 24 was retired in 1969, the final year of his Celtics career, which of course resulted in an NBA Championship – his tenth. Only Bill Russell won more championships in his NBA career. The Jones family is in our thoughts as we mourn his loss and fondly remember the life and career of one of the greatest champions in American sports.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also released a statement on the passing of the Celtics legend:

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Sam Jones was initially drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1956, but he decided to return to college to get his degree after completing military service. He was then selected by the Celtics with the eighth overall pick in the 1957 NBA Draft.

Jones played all 12 of his NBA seasons in Boston. He went to five All-Star Games and won 10 NBA titles, second only to the great Bill Russell. Mr. Clutch put up a career-best 25.9 points per game in the 1964-65 season.

Jones is in the Hall of Fame and was recently named to the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team. He'll forever be remembered as an all-time great.