Kevin Garnett had been hot all night. It was as if he picked up a newspaper this morning and it was dated 2004. So with the score knotted at 103 and just 28 seconds on the clock, Paul Pierce kicked the ball out of the paint and in one fluid motion, KG gently placed the ball in the hoop from 18 feet out.
A close game from the start, neither team seemed to find much separation. Boston pushed out to a six point lead with 1:45 to go, but two straight Nate Robinson layups brought it to the final tie.
After Garnett's long jumper at the shot-clock buzzer gave Boston the two point lead, Golden State had five seconds to get a basket, but Robinson clanged a three with Avery Bradley at his feet.
Once again the Celtics were on the road in a close game with a young and speedy team, and once again they fought and showed the resiliency of an aging group that wants to give it one more go-round.
Garnett was every bit the star throughout the game that he was at the end, finishing 11-14 for 24 points,...