Moment of silence at raucous Garden

Boston pride was in full effect on Friday night. Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON -- The sellout crowd here at the TD Bank Garden is as loud and live as any in the NBA.

But the crowd and the Celtics held a moment of silence before the opening tip to honor first responders to the terror attack at the Boston Marathon.

The Celts honored the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department and Boston EMS workers and welcomed members of each group on the floor before the singing of the national anthem.

The moment of silence was interrupted by shouts of "KG!" and "Paul Pierce" from the obviously pro-Celtics crowd. It was also accompanied by a photo montage of the bombing.

DOC: RAY IS X-FACTOR: Celtics coach Doc Rivers had high praise for Raymond Felton before Game 3.

"You can make the case that the guy who's been the most important for them has been Raymond Felton. He's just beating us right now," Rivers said.

The Knicks have outscored the Celtics by an average of 22.8 points per 48 minutes with Felton on the floor but have been outscored by 45.1 points per 48 minutes with Felton on the bench.

So it's no surprise, really, when Felton said Friday that this season is "one of my best years in running a team."

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