Shaquille O'Neal defies age with big play

Celtics' 38-year-old center continues to rack up minutes, points for wins

Updated: January 20, 2011, 1:46 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Doc Rivers was 34 years old during his final NBA playing season, so immediately he admits the comparison is apples to oranges. But asked to explain where Shaquille O'Neal found the effort to put the Boston Celtics on his 38-year-old back in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 86-82 triumph over the Detroit Pistons at the TD Garden, Rivers could only reflect on his final season in San Antonio.

"Listen, all I can reach back to is my last year, which is not even close," Rivers said. ...

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