Kevin Garnett shows he’s still Celtics’ rock of ages

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Garnett told Allen: “We’ve got to do whatever we can to get you open.”

“I looked at him and said, ‘Kevin, you’re the guy getting shots. You’re the guy that’s scoring. We just won by 20. I don’t need to, for the sake of my ego, do anything like that. We just keep doing what we’re doing. If they keep guarding us this way, then you’ve got to keep doing what you’re doing.’”

Garnett and Allen are free agents at the end of the season. A championship run that seemed blocked by young-gun All-Stars eased up with Chicago out of the picture. The Miami Heat are without Chris Bosh indefinitely. And the Sixers showed in Game 3 how vulnerable they are when a top team is clicking.

Pierce realizes the sense of urgency to win a championship with the trio playing their final games together. They want to make it last.

“We’ve realized that from day one. I think pretty much the last couple of years we’ve been feeling like that,” Pierce said. “But the influence is to try and win another championship, regardless of if this is going to be our last time together.”

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