NEW YORK — The two graybeards were not going to let the Big Three era end here in New York, not succumbing to the intimidation tactics and mind games of the New York Knicks.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett fully realize their days as Celtics may be numbered, that their tenure as a dynamic duo may have nearly reached its end, depending on the decisions of president of basketball operations Danny Ainge this summer.
But for two more days at least, Celtics faithful can beam with pride that their band remains together. When the circumstance seemed most unlikely, the combination of Pierce and Garnett was stellar in key stretches of a 92-86 Game 5 win Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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