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Paul Pierce goes home again

Celtics legend returns to the city he admits he never wanted to leave

Updated: January 27, 2014, 8:01 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce was coming home, but if the pillars have been removed and the foundation has been replaced, is it still his house?

The answer, in a TD Garden awash in memories and emotion, was unequivocally yes.

A capacity crowd pulsing with energy and nostalgia embraced both Pierce and his trusted friend Kevin Garnett upon their first return to Boston since they were traded to the Brooklyn Nets last July.

On this night, the performance of the plucky Celtics ...

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