Leon Powe scored 13 points while playing 23 big minutes off the bench to aid the Celtics in their second-half comeback for a 90-85 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Powe also produced a monster dunk (while drawing a foul from LeBron James) off an outlet pass from Paul Pierce to put the Celtics on top, 88-84 with 5.3 seconds remaining.
For Powe, who had a monster postseason to help the Celtics win their first NBA title in 22 years, seeing Banner No. 17 was an emotional moment.
“Man, I don’t know how to sum it up, but it brought back a lot of memories, all the hard work we put in last year,” said Powe. “Going back to childhood and going on the playground and working so hard to get to this moment and get to the ceremony and raise the banner. It was real fun.”
And Powe couldn’t avoid getting swept up in the emotions displayed by captain Paul Pierce.
“Aw man, first of all, he’s got a lot of emotion in him and he’s got to get it out. All of his family was there and it went back to his childhood when he shouted out his high school coach and how much hard work they put in. The moment was finally here and everyone worked hard to get to this moment.”
Check out the video above for more from Powe, including a humorous discussion on his big dunk late in the game.