Rajon Rondo rightfully received the lion’s share of media coverage following Sunday’s win — he performed so well in so many ways, he could have been an Apple product. Paul Pierce likewise earned his fair share of attention after pouring in 34 points, which tied a season high.
But Kevin Garnett — whose 18 points and 10 rebounds, albeit on just 8-22 shooting, provided his fifth double-double in six games since returning from a hip injury — was understated in his contributions. Garnett didn’t hit a contested three-pointer to send the game into overtime, and he didn’t accomplish a feat matched only by Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson. Yet he did impact the Celtics win in typical Garnettian fashion, with an abundance of help defense.
As Red’s Army’s @MrTrpleDouble10 explains here, Garnett snuffed out a number of Knicks attempts in the final minutes, turning open shots into bad ones and buckets into misses.
The video of Garnett’s defensive contributions in the overtime period follows below, or head over to Red’s Army to read a play-by-play rundown.