Paul Pierce And Kevin Garnett Receive Emotional Tributes On Return to Celtics

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Zohaib Ahmed
For the first time since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets last year, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to their former club Boston Celtics on Sunday night and were given a highly emotional tribute by the fans at TD Garden.

For the first time since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets last year, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to their former club Boston Celtics on Sunday night and were given a highly emotional tribute by the fans at TD Garden.

First came KG – who, despite having played just six seasons for the Celts – was given a raucous standing ovation.

Even better was the reception reserved for Pierce, who unlike Garnett, had never played for any other NBA team before being offloaded to Brooklyn last summer. During timeouts, highlight videos of both the legends from their Celtic days were also played, to which the man nicknamed The Truth responded:

The Truth and KG Tribute

The Truth and KG Tribute

The Truth and KG Tribute

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins – who was the defensive anchorman of the Celtics side that won the NBA title in 2008 – chimed in:

Meanwhile, KG had some fun with former teammate Rajon Rando…

The Truth and KG Tribute

And when his highlight reel played, the man affectionately known as ‘The Big Ticket’ delivered a big salute to the fans:

The Truth and KG Tribute

Unfortunately, there was no such love for Jason Terry – who was also a part of the trade that landed Pierce and Garnett in Brooklyn. And why would they? JET played just a single season for them.

So exhausted were KG and Pierce with the tributes that neither of them could score in double figures. Pierce, in particular was terrible, missing eight of his 10 field goals. But the Nets still took the game 85-79.

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