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In the Air Tonight

The video montage that played on the Jumbotron while Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” filled the arena before pregame warmups featured alternating clips of past Celtics-Lakers moments and highlights from the 2007-08 season. The crowd roared for the drum roll that runs synced with a clip of Kevin Garnett mimicking playing the drums with his hands while walking on to the court following a timeout.

Another montage showed classic Celtics-Lakers moments (with Kevin McHale’s clothesline to Kurt Rambis drawing the biggest pop) before the message, “Tonight a new chapter begins,” appeared and clips from this year’s Celtics squad rolled.

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During the clip, the crowd began a loud “Beat LA!” chant and the music actually softened to let the chant be heard.

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