The loudest cheers of the night didn't come for the Celtics.
They came for the other team - but more specifically, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens understands that, and also understands that the fans here in Boston are unlike any others. They "get it", according to Stevens, who is finding out very quickly how special it is to play in Boston.
“The only thing I could say is what I said on the bench, and that is, 'This town gets it.'" Stevens said when asked about the fans' reactions to Pierce and Garnett returning to Boston. "You know, this town is special and you can see why. And all the people that have gotten a chance to play here and that you talk to, whether they played here for a year or whether they played here for 15 years, all talk about how special it is. And you know that coming in, but you can feel it on nights like tonight. And it was really a great tribute to both guys, obviously extremely well-deserved. I wish we could’ve come out on top at the end, but we just didn’t quite have enough from a basketball standpoint to finish it.”