Here are some of the more memorable performances in Boston's 88-80 loss on Friday against New York in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series.
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: His 21 points on 7-for-23 shooting certainly wasn't one of his finest performances, but Melo came through with a pair of clutch baskets in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a hard-earned victory and with it, the series.
Pablo Prigioni, Knicks: With stars all around for both teams, it was the 35-year-old "rookie" coming up with a slew of hustle plays as well as four 3-pointers to finish with 14 points along with five rebounds and three assists.
Kevin Garnett, Celtics: Kevin Garnett turned in yet another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, tallying his fifth straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
J.R. Smith, Knicks: He finished with 13 points, but he took 13 shots to do so with most of his points coming when the Knicks were cruising along in the fourth quarter. From the moment he elbowed Jason Terry in the chin, Smith was never the same player.
Paul Pierce, Celtics: It would be a shame if Paul Pierce's career as a Celtic ended with Friday night's woeful performance. He scored 14 points on 4-for-18 shooting and never got into any kind of scoring flow that lasted more than a minute, two tops.
Brandon Bass, Celtics: He once again did a nice job defensively against Carmelo Anthony, but the C's needed more than just six points on 1-for-6 shooting from him on a night when so many of his teammates were struggling.
Jason Terry, Celtics: Neither bench did much in terms of impacting the game, although Terry's 14 points - tops among backups - was critical in keeping the C's from totally bottoming out.
Key play: New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, a series-long pest to the Celtics and Paul Pierce, stole the ball and cruised into the lane for a lay-up that gave the Knicks a 77-69 lead with 5:06 to play. The basket snapped a 20-0 run by Boston. And although the Celtics were able to get closer, Shumpert's basket at the very least slowed the incredible momentum the C's had built up to the point in the game and were never able to replicate in the game's final minutes.
Looking ahead: The season ended with the Celtics playing the way they had all season - some parts good, some parts bad but overall, not enough to achieve their always lofty goals. The future of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will certainly be a major issue for the C's to work through this summer. But they have other issues as well; specifically another scoring guard and a rebounder. The group Ainge has now isn't bad. They're just not a title-contender which around here, is the only kind of team these fans want and the Celtics expect to put on the floor.