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Kevin Garnett: LeBron James ‘was in the groove and he never looked back’

06.08.12 at 5:06 am ET
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A disappointed Kevin Garnett admitted that the Celtics might have been too excited for their chance to close out the Heat in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at TD Garden. The result was an unforeseen flat performance that produced a 98-79 Miami win that extended the series to Game 7 Saturday night at American Airlines Arena.

‘€œSome shots didn’€™t fall that we know we can make,” Garnett said. “Everybody in here was pumped up. Everybody was probably too jacked. It didn’€™t transcend into a win, though.’€

To Garnett’s point, Paul Pierce was just 4-for-18 in 31 minutes while Garnett was 6-for-14. The two stars combined for just 21 points on 10-for-32 shooting from the floor. Now, the Celtics must repeat their clutch road performance from Game 5 in order to advance to the NBA finals and a date with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

‘€œNothing’s been easy up until this point, and you can’t expect it now,” Garnett said. “It is what it is. We’€™re gonna take these cards and play them. There’s a lot of confident guys in here, lot of guys who’€™ve been through Game 7’€™s, a lot of experienced guys. We’€™re going to lean on that. And we’€™re going to fight. We’re a bunch of fighters in this locker room. Let it all hang out [for Game 7]. [We’re] on the road, a hostile environment. We got a lot of fans down there but it is what it is.’€

As for LeBron James and his 45 points in 45 minutes, Garnett said there was little the Celtics could do.

‘€œLB was in the groove and he never looked back,” Garnett said.

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