It was a sentimental Sunday in the NBA, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett made their long-awaited first return to Boston. The outpouring of emotion at the TD Garden was incredible to watch—a rare instance during the January doldrums when a regular-season game is undeniably meaningful.
Although that contest marked the day's high point, plenty of other action served as both buildup and comedown from that emotional apex.
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs predictably played it cool, the New York Knicks chipped in to help Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis added to his growing legend.
Elsewhere, things continued heading south in Cleveland and Detroit, the Golden State Warriors flashed the one thing that separates them from the Portland Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets avoided a trap.
Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's eight-game slate in the NBA.