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Kevin Garnett grinding at higher gear

Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have risen along with KG's level of play

Updated: March 29, 2012, 2:41 AM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It was a meaningless play -- to everyone but Kevin Garnett. The Celtics led by 12 in the closing seconds of Wednesday night's game against Utah and the Jazz had a chance for one final basket before the buzzer.

Garnett would not allow himself to let that happen. Gordon Hayward got away for what looked like an easy layup, but Garnett, rambling down the floor in pursuit, got close enough to alter the shot. The ball bounced away, the horn sounded, and the Celtics had themselves a 94-82 ...

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