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Jeff Green on his Celtics performance for the ages: ‘I didn’t pay attention’ to 43 points

03.19.13 at 12:43 am ET
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Jeff Green scored a career-high 43 points, including 26 in the first half, but it was not enough as LeBron James countered with 37 points, including the game-winning basket with 10.5 seconds remaining, as the Heat extended their winning streak to 23 games with a 105-103 win over the heartbroken Celtics on Monday night at TD Garden.

This was a sample of what Green had to say after the game:

On his 43 points: “I didn’t pay attention to that. I was just in a zone. The ball just kept going in.”

On Doc Rivers saying he needed a blow in the fourth quarter: “Yeah, I was tired. I was guarding one of the best players on the floor. You know, I played basically the whole game. But I mean, we still had a chance to win. Those couple of minutes that I was out we were up probably eight at the time, so we still were in the lead, so we just got to figure out a way to win at the end.”

On fans chanting his name: “Yeah, I heard it. It’s a good feeling, but you’ve just got to stay in the game, stay focused. Think about the next play.”

On the confidence a game like this give him moving forward: “Every game’s a new game, every team is different. You’ve got to find different ways to attack. You’ve got to find different ways to help your team out. So, I mean, the next game is going to be a lot different than this game, so I just have got to figure out another way, of how I can continue to stay aggressive.”

On if Kevin Garnett being out changed his mindset: “No. Even if he’s in, I still have got to continue to be aggressive.

“You know, you can’t rely on a jump shot. I know I missed a couple at the beginning of the game. That’s when I’ve got to try to get to the free throw line, try to get a rhythm, and I did.

“It was the best team in the league and we took them to their breaking point. We’ve just got to, when Kevin comes back, continue to play like we did today. With the addition of him, I think we will be more lethal. So as long as we continue to attack, get stops, we’ll be in pretty good shape.”

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