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The first video tribute came late in the first quarter, during a television timeout. A number, all in green, spread across the Jumbotron: 5.
Cheers began to build from the sellout crowd of 18,264 at TD Garden, there to see Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce play their first game in Boston since the Celtics icons were traded to Brooklyn last summer. Signs written for both were held aloft: “WELCOME HOME!” read one. “THANK YOU” read another.