The Celtics made big basket after big basket down the stretch of Game 5. None was bigger than Kevin Garnett's 20-foot jumper with 48.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
Boston led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game but as expected, New York made a run. That 15-point lead dwindled all the way down to five after J.R. Smith drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:05 remaining.
Smith’s bucket gave the Knicks, and their fans, confidence that a comeback was doable. Garnett’s basket made sure it wasn’t.
Doc Rivers called for a timeout after Smith’s 3 to give the C’s an opportunity to run a scripted play. That play resulted with the ball in Garnett’s hands as he stood near the left elbow. Tyson Chandler, last season’s Defensive Player of the Year, was defending him. It didn’t matter.
Garnett dribbled to his right and threw a strong pump fake that sent Chandler flying past KG’s right shoulder. Garnett then stepped back to his left and fired up a jumper that was nothing but net.
Seven-point lead. Forty-eight seconds left. Hello, Game 6.
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Is Kevin Garnett serious with the numbers he’s putting up right now? The guy is on another planet. And that planet might be called “Rebound.”
Garnett grabbed 17 rebounds in each of the last two games of this series. He bested that number Friday night with a game-high 18 boards. That’s 52 rebounds in three games. That’s crazy.
KG's Game 5 wasn’t all about rebounding, though. He pitched in with scoring, passing and, obviously, defense. Garnett scored an efficient 16 points on just nine field goal attempts. He shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. KG also assisted on five buckets and blocked two shots.
Garnett said after the game that the Celtics are “scrapping” every night. KG is doing more than scrapping. He’s dominating.
Box Score Nuggets
- Jason Terry finished with a game-high plus/minus rating of plus-13.
- Five Celtics scored at least 16 points, led by 18 from Jeff Green.
- New York totaled just 13 assists.
- Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points on 24 shot attempts.
- Raymond Felton scored 21 points.
- Boston shot 11-for-22 from 3-point range.
- Kevin Garnett grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.
- The Knicks committed just nine turnovers.
- Both teams led by at least 11 points in the game.
- Both teams attempted 22 3-pointers, but Boston (11) made six more than New York (five).
- Garnett led the Celtics in rebounds (18), assists (five) and blocks (two).
- Doc Rivers played only seven players in the game.
- Terry scored 17 points off of the bench for the Celtics.
- Boston scored at least 20 points in all four quarters.
Quote of the Night
Put your hard hat on, throw your hammer and your nails on there and it's time to work. Let's do it. Kevin Garnett on Game 6 in BostonMore quotes >>