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Sunday, March 4, 2012
Shumpert: KG screen was illegal

By Ian Begley

Iman Shumpert says Kevin Garnett used an illegal screen on the Celtics' final play in regulation -- the play that ended with Paul Pierce knocking down a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left on Sunday.

Garnett handed the ball to Pierce, who was being defended by J.R. Smith. In the process of getting the ball to Pierce, Garnett got in Smith's way. Shumpert picked up Pierce and put his hands up as Pierce knocked down the 27-footer.

Prior to that sequence, Garnett floored Shumpert with a screen.

"The screen was illegal but they set them all the time," Shumpert said. "They can't call it all the time. I understand that. But he still hit a tough shot."

Mike D'Antoni was asked if he thought Garnett's screen was illegal.

"That's kind of par for the course," the coach said. "I thought J.R. was right in his grill. The guy hits a heckuva shot."

The Celtics went on to win, 115-111 in overtime, handing New York its 11th straight regular season loss in Boston.