Pierce, who scored 29 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had 6 assists in 50 minutes, believed the series would go back to New York – and said he called friends there to make dinner plans.
“Hopefully this is something we can build on,” Pierce said.
Garnett said the Celtics finally backed up all their talk about playing with intensity and desperation, which they hadn’t done in the series’ first three games.
Why did it happen Sunday?
“This is it, you’re down 3-0, what else is there to say?” Garnett asked.
Said Terry, “This is the first time that we really came out with fire in our eyes. Every game from here on out is Game 7 for us.”
It was but one game, and the mountain these Celtics must scale is historically steep.
But they are alive, which is all that mattered by game’s end, when they delayed their demise for at least one more night and avoided an embarrassing exit that would linger all offseason.
Baxter Holmes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.