Garnett slows down, produces late for Celtics

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Garnett slows down, produces late for Celtics

BOSTON With so much energy that he always seems to be on the verge of exploding, it should come as no surprise that Kevin Garnett has to be told to slow down from time to time.

Doc Rivers found himself in desperate need of that energy from Garnett, who responded to Rivers' plea in helping Boston knock off Orlando 116-110 in overtime on Sunday.

Garnett had a game-high 24 points in the win, half of which came in the fourth quarter following a third-quarter collapse by the Celtics that saw their 12-point lead totally wiped out.

"I was on him about slowing down, because there's no one his size," said Rivers, who added that the Magic did a nice job of keeping a body on Garnett, which led him to shoot more quickly than usual.

But when the game was anyone's for the taking, Garnett made sure it was his. All his.

He had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, providing the kind of steady production down the stretch that was absolutely critical to the Celtics to win and will remain a vital component for future success.

"When he slowed down," Rivers said, "the game changed for us."

Garnett said he had no idea that the Celtics would make him such a priority on offense down the stretch.

"Usually times like (that), Paul (Pierce), Rajon (Rondo), each one gets in another gear," Garnett said. "You could see . . . we had a little lackadaisical presence. Everyone reaches within themselves to try pick it up."

That includes himself, even if not a given that the team will make getting him the ball a priority.

"Some nights they come to me, some nights they don't," Garnett said with a grin. " You have to be ready. (Sunday) I was trying to be as aggressive as I could."

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter

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