Thursday , Jan , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Is Kevin Garnett the Reason for the Boston Celtics’ Success?

With 22.2 seconds left last night after Houston called a timeout, Paul Pierce jumped on Kevin Garnett’s back and rode him toward the Celtics huddle. The symbolism was impeccable. Having squandered a 20-point lead here at North Station, the Bostonians reached for their Big Ticket and boarded the K Train. Garnett scored 11 of the Celtics’ last 16 points, delivering them to a 97-93 victory over the Rockets and a rather remarkable 27-3 record. Garnett made 5-of-6 shots and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

Coming in after Kendrick Perkins fouled out, Garnett moved up in height class to deal with 7-foot-6 Yao Ming and won that war at both ends of the floor. In the last nine minutes, he held Yao scoreless until a meaningless layup in the final seconds. ‘That’s why he’s KG,’ said Houston’s Bonzi Wells. ‘That’s why he gets paid the big bucks – to make the big buckets, and that’s what he did.’ C’s coach Doc Rivers doesn’t like to use Garnett on opposing centers for long stretches, but last night necessity met up with crunch time. And Garnett was ready…Garnett had to make a few, as well. After a turnaround in the lane, he buried four longer jumpers. [Click here for more from the Boston Herald.]