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May 15, 2008

Garnett answers challenge in a big way

BOSTON — Alpha dog Kevin Garnett had two points in the second half of the Game 4 loss in Cleveland.

There are two words to describe those contributions:

Not enough.

Well, the Celtics' All-NBA forward trumped that outing with a special fourth-quarter performance with six points and more importantly eight rebounds over the final 10 minutes of the game.

Garnett finished with 26 points (12-of-19 shooting), 16 rebounds, four assists and three awe-inspiring blocked shots.

"More spacing helped KG tonight," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "Our spacing was bettter. We need to get him to the basket more. That is what we need to do, like when he went down the baseline for a dunk."

Rivers said he didn't have a special meeting with Garnett. Nothing had to be said.

"I trusted he would do enough talking to himself," said Rivers. "He cares so much, sometimes maybe too much, if that is possible."

Cavs coach Mike Brown said while Garnett had a great game around the basket, it was his jump shot that killed the Cavs in the 96-89 thriller.

"I can't remember any of them that he missed," said Brown. "He shook loose for some jump shots that he knocked down."

Big Baby has big game

Third-string center Glen "Big Baby" Davis was sent into the game in the third quarter to give the Celtics some quality minutes and some extra fouls. If he played four minutes, that would have been a bonus.

He played nearly 12 minutes before giving way to Kendrick Perkins in the fourth quarter.

While he scored only six points and pulled in only one rebound, his energy was apparently contagious.

He committed three fouls, two of which might have been considered flagrant if the game had been in Cleveland.

"We made a point at halftime to get the loose balls," said the rookie out of LSU. "The little things count also. It adds up. The playoffs are a great experience and I'm just waiting. That is my role. Everybody has a role on this team and that is one of my roles, to be ready when the time comes and to bring energy."

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