WATCH: Celtics pay tribute to Kobe Bryant in return to the TD Garden

WATCH: Celtics pay tribute to Kobe Bryant in return to the TD Garden

The Boston Celtics returned home Thursday night to face the Golden State Warriors, and they made sure to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others lost in last weekend's helicopter crash.

The Celtics included plenty of highlight reel footage from Bryant's career with the Los Angeles Lakers while illuminating the floor with the No. 24.

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Bryant was highly respected around the NBA and his death came as a shock to the sports world. The Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game was even postponed in the aftermath of his passing. 

Not only did the Celtics honor Bryant with a video, but Jayson Tatum also wore a special pair of sneakers to pay tribute to his hero.

The Lakers star's memory will live on forever, through his former teammates, coaches, his family and friends, and, of course, his fans.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Warriors-Celtics, which begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 8 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

NHL Highlights: Bruins losing streak at 3 after Oilers' 4-1 win at Garden

NHL Highlights: Bruins losing streak at 3 after Oilers' 4-1 win at Garden

FINAL SCORE: Oilers 4, Bruins 1 

IN BRIEF: Edmonton scored four unanswered goals after David Pastrnak got the Bruins on the board three minutes into the game and the Oilers came into TD Garden and handed Boston its third loss in a row in their 4-1 matinee victory on Saturday. BOX SCORE 

BRUINS RECORD: 24-8-11, 59 points (1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

PASTRNAK GETS B'S ON BOARD, EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO 10:

GAETEN HASS TIES IT IN 2ND:

DARNELL NURSE SNEAKS ONE IN BEFORE 2ND ENDS, 2-1 OILERS:

AN OILERS INSURANCE GOAL FROM MCDAVID:

UP NEXT:
@ Nashville Predators, Tuesday, 8 p.m., NESN 
Vs. Winnipeg Jets, Thursday, 7 p.m., NESN

Marcus Smart expects to return for Team USA vs. Greece

Marcus Smart expects to return for Team USA vs. Greece

While Jayson Tatum is still nursing an ankle sprain that kept him out of Team USA's blowout of Japan at the FIBA World Cup, his Celtics and US teammate Marcus Smart practiced and expects to play against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece on Saturday morning (8:30) in China. 

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