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Former Celtics stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett to play in Boston for 1st time as Nets

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, center, fights with Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Garnett, left, and Paul Pierce for a rebound during the first half of the NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

  • Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) lays up a basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game as Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Garnett (2) tries to defend on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in New York. The Nets won 107 to 106. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)The Associated Press

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo passes the ball as he is pressured by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Rondo was held to five points as the Thunder defeated the Celtics 101-83. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens watches his players during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Boston, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

Paul Pierce might have trouble finding the visitors' locker room or controlling his emotions in his return to Boston.

But beating the Celtics should be the easy part.

Pierce and Kevin Garnett will face their former team on their old home court for the first time Sunday night since the blockbuster trade that sent them to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night.

Pierce is the Celtics' former captain who spent all 15 of his previous seasons with Boston. Garnett was there for the last six. They were traded as part of the Celtics' rebuilding project. The Nets are on a roll with nine wins in their last 10 games. The Celtics have lost 16 of their last 19.