Stat Line Of The Night — 5/16/12 — Kevin Garnett
Entering the 2011-12 NBA season, the biggest question surrounding the Boston Celtics was their aging roster. Many believed the condensed schedule from the lockout would be especially taxing on their senior players, but it hasn’t been taxing enough to prevent them from finishing fourth in the regular season and winning their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. And during Game Three of their second-round series against the 76ers last night, some of their team’s “old legs” were looking younger than ever, especially those of 35-year-old Kevin Garnett.
After dropping Game Two on Monday, Garnett was a key factor in helping the Celtics regain the series lead on Wednesday, as he led all players in points and rebounds, with 27 and 13, respectively. The future Hall of Famers was efficient from the floor, hitting 12 of his 17 field-goal attempts. And he even chipped in with four assists during Boston’s convincing 107-91 victory in Philadelphia.
With the win, the Celtics now regain home-court advantage and ensure that they will return to the TD Garden with at least a 2-2 series tie. However, they would obviously be much more satisfied with a 3-1 series lead. Another performance like this one from K.G. would certainly help their chances of making that happen, as he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, May 16, 2012.