With Neil Diamond's ''Sweet Caroline'' playing over the loudspeakers and scores of Toronto Raptors fans showing their support, the Boston Celtics returned to the court for their first game since the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon.
The Celtics gathered with the Raptors at midcourt to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims prior to Wednesday night's regular-season finale.
Diamond's classic hit, long associated with Boston's beloved Red Sox, played as the Celtics' starters were introduced, and a message on the stadium scoreboards read, ''Tonight we are all Boston fans.'' In the stands opposite the Toronto bench, three female fans held up a sign that read, ''Send Boston Love.''
The Celtics wore a black stripe on their jerseys as they played for the first time since twin blasts near the marathon's finish line on Monday left three people dead and more than 170 injured.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the tragedy has touched people everywhere.
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