Since November 1995, when the Celtics played their first game in the TD Banknorth Garden, there have been a number of great moments that have been added to the lore of Celtics history. As the Celtics prepare for their 11th season in the Garden, we thought we'd take a look back at the top 10 moments in the first 10 seasons at the arena formerly known as the FleetCenter. The only problem we had was which should be #1? Check out our list then decide the debate by choosing the top moment of the first 10 seasons at the TD Banknorth Garden.
10. November 8, 1995
The Celtics record their first win in the FleetCenter/TD BankNorth Garden with a 113-109 win over the Phoenix Suns.
9. January 18, 1998
Robert Parish's "00" was retired to the rafters in a halftime ceremony of the game vs. the Indiana Pacers. The contest was also marked by the return of Larry Bird to Boston for the first time since he was named head coach of the Pacers; Indiana prevailed 103-96
8. November 3, 1999
In a game against the Washington Wizards, the Celtics held a special ceremony on opening night of the 1999-2000 season and raised a banner in honor of Red Auerbach, who commemorated his 50th season with the team. Red Auberbach's record as Celtics coach was 938-479 in the regular season and 99-69 in the playoffs.
7. March 12, 2004
Paul Pierce's basket at 8:08 of the second quarter gave him 10,000 career points-the fastest that a Celtics player has reached this milestone. Pierce did it in 430 games and Larry Bird did it in 436 games.
6. April 23, 2005
Celtics defeat the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the 2005 NBA Playoffs, 102-82, at home. The Celtics led by as many as 37 points (76-39). Boston's young players stepped up, with Marcus Banks scoring 11 points, while Al Jefferson contributed eight points and seven rebounds. Raef LaFrentz's 21 points (5-5 three-pointers) led Boston.
5. March 2, 2005
In his first game back after being reacquired in a trade deadline deal Celtics fans went nuts when Employee #8 was introduced. Walker marked his return with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks in a 104-101 victory over the L.A. Lakers.
4. April 27, 2003
Paul Pierce sets a Celtics playoff record for points in a half with 32 in Boston's 102-92 win over the Indian Pacers. Trailing 52-36 early in the third quarter, Pierce and the Celtics rallied in the second half to win Game Four of the 2003 First Round Playoffs. Pierce capped his stellar second half performance when he made a three-pointer over Al Harrington of the Pacers in the final seconds of the third quarter. The win gave Boston a 3-1 series lead over the Pacers.
3. April 21, 2002
Celtics play their first playoff game in seven years hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. Celtics won Game One at home 92-82 before a sellout crowd (18,624) and a national-television audience (NBC). The event also marked the first Celtics playoff game in the FleetCenter/TD Banknorth Garden. Paul Pierce led all players with 31 points. It also was the first game of a doubleheader, as the Bruins-Montreal Canadiens hockey game followed at night (the first basketball-hockey doubleheader since 1991).
Which was the #1 moment of the first 10 seasons at the TD Banknorth Garden?View Results
And now, YOU get to decide which event has been the greatest in the first 10 seasons at the TD Banknorth Garden. Your vote will determine the number one moment! Will it be:
A. May 03, 2002
The decisive Game Five victory against Philadelphia, the Celtics first playoff series win since the first round in 1992. "The Jungle" as the players dubbed it in 2002, was absolutely rocking, as Paul Pierce dropped a career playoff high 46 points, going 8-for-10 from beyond the arc. The Celtics dropped the defending Eastern Conference Champions 120-87.
Or, is it
B. May 25, 2002
Trailing by 26 points in the second half and 74-53 entering the fourth quarter, the Celtics rallied and defeated the New Jersey Nets, 94-90, in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. The win gave Boston a 2-1 series advantage. Paul Pierce scored 19 of his 28 points in the final period en route to a 28 point effort, while the Nets as a team scored just 16 points in the quarter. Antoine Walker added 23 points and 12 boards. The win also marked the greatest fourth quarter comeback in NBA playoff history.