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The Boston Celtics’ core veterans banded together, withstood a staggering 11-0 deficit in the opening minutes, then knocked the swagger out of a stunned New York Knicks team by stealing Game 5 in their vaunted Madison Square Garden with equal parts poise, pride and precision Wednesday night.
The word buzzing around the buoyant, yet restrained Celtics locker room in the wake of the team’s 92-86 victory was “trust.”
“I thought this was the first game we had complete trust, moved the ball and found the open guy,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
The rest of Boston’s veterans joined in the “share the ball” mantra, and the result was an efficient, balanced approach that featured 20 assists and produced five players who scored between 16 and 18 points — KG (16), Pierce (16), Brandon Bass (17), Terry (17) and Jeff Green (1