Kevin Garnett has been involved in a few crazy games over the course of his career, and on Monday night he was part of another.
Kevin Garnett said he's seen a player get hot like Johnson did 2nite:"I have. I've been in the league since, like, Moses. I've seen it all."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 17, 2013
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News summed up Johnson's performance:
Johnson scored 29 points in the third quarter - falling just four shy of the NBA record for any quarter, set by George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony. Johnson, who sat for the entire fourth quarter, hit 10 of his 14 shots from beyond the arc.
Johnson is a 32 year-old veteran in the league, but Garnett has a few years on his teammate. This is his 19th season in the NBA, and he hasn’t toned down the intensity. One of the most passionate athletes in any sport, Garnett will headbutt the basketball stanchion before games just to get in the mood.
On Monday night, Garnett started at center, playing just a little more than 16 minutes and scoring nine points. He’s not the player he once was when it comes to sheer numbers, but he’s still a guy you want on your side. Or as he opined to Craig Sager in January 2012 while with the Boston Celtics, a guy who’s been in a bar fight.
Garnett’s seen it all, he’ll say. He’s a regular Methuselah. Luckily we haven’t seen—nor heard—the last of him on the court just yet.