Last night, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played in front of the TD Garden crowd in Boston for the first time since the trade went down that sent them to the Brooklyn Nets. Considering Garnett needed to overcome thoughts of retirement to accept a deal to the Nets and Pierce had to come to terms with leaving a franchise he spent 15 seasons, it's understandable that their return would be an emotional one for both players and the Beantown faithful. In the video above, you'll see the introductions of the starting lineups and the raucous ovation that KG and The Truth received. 

Then, there was the tribute videos. The first one is for Garnett, which was played following the first TV timeout of the game: 

And here's the one for Pierce, prior to the opening tip-off: 

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[via For The Win]