BOSTON—The fans showered former Celtic Kevin Garnett with chants while Boston rained key three-pointers on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points and Jae Crowder had 18 as the Celtics beat Minnesota 113-99 last night while the crowd begged to see Garnett.
“Three-point shooting is probably the next most contagious thing to the ’flu,” Olynyk joked.
“When one person knocks them down, they usually come in waves, so it’s good to get people going that way,” he added.
Boston was 12-of-25 from behind the arc—two off its season high.
Tyler Zeller scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out.
David Lee added 13 points and eight boards to help Boston snap a three-game losing streak.
Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said before the game that the 39-year-old Garnett would rest because it was the second of back-to-backs after the Timberwolves beat Brooklyn.
The crowd loudly chanted “We want KG!” close to a dozen times.
“I definitely heard all the chants,” said Garnett. “It meant a lot to me.”
Garnett signed a two-year deal with Minnesota over the summer, but this could have been his last game in Boston.
Garnett was a member of Boston’s 2007-08 NBA championship team after he was traded from Minnesota in the summer of ’07.
He played for the Celtics for six seasons—helping them to the final again in 2010 when they dropped a seven-game series to the L.A. Lakers.
Mitchell wasn’t going to be swayed by the fans, explaining Garnett doesn’t play consecutive games.
“Come on, now,” the coach said. “I’m not going to throw him out there because the fans are chanting.
“If you start listening to the fans, you’re going to be sitting up there with them.”
Elsewhere in the NBA, Washington beat Sacramento 113-99, Orlando downed New York 107-99, Brooklyn shaded Chicago 105-102, and Houston upended Charlotte 102-95.
Atlanta beat Portland 106-97, San Antonio downed Indiana 106-92, Utah dumped Phoenix 110-89, and Oklahoma City nipped the L.A. Clippers 100-99.