- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Kevin Garnett offers postgame thoughts after the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Asked what fuels him, Garnett said: "The competition, the naysayers, the owners who talk too much. The people who don't think a 36-year-old can do what I do. I take a lot of pride in my craft, I work really hard at my craft everyday, and I'm a true professional."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers heaped praise on Garnett's effort in Game 5 in which the Big Ticket chipped in a team-high 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting with 11 rebounds and two blocks over 35:36 to carry Boston to a 94-90 triumph.
"He's just amazing," said Rivers, while pointing out Garnett's insane playoff plus/minus stats. "(He) doesn't have to score -- obviously, we need his scoring, that's important -- but he just, he's our life. I mean, he really is. He just does so many things that don't have numbers to it. A lot of it is with his voice. He's, in a strange way, a calming effect on some of our guys, if you can ever call Kevin that, he is. He's just been terrific for us."
Kevin Garnett offers postgame thoughts after the Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.