Garnett was 9 of 12 from the field, including his third 3-pointer of the season. He also hit one Friday in a win over the Knicks.
“He was feeling good,” Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said of the 35-year-old Garnett. “It’s still a kids’ game. He was having fun. He was having a ball playing today and you don’t want to tell him you have to come in because the lights are on, so we let him play in the dark a little bit.”
Paul Pierce scored 21 points, moving 9 behind the Hall of Famer Larry Bird for second place on the club’s career scoring list, and Ray Allen added 12. Rajon Rondo had 14 assists.
Rudy Gay paced the Grizzlies with 21 points and 7 rebounds, and O. J. Mayo scored 15 points.
HEAT 95, RAPTORS 89 LeBron James’s steal and dunk with just more than two minutes left gave Miami some breathing room as the host Heat defeated Toronto.
James finished with 30 points and Dwyane Wade added 25 for the Heat, who won for the 10th time in 12 games and moved within one game of Chicago for the Eastern Conference lead.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for the Raptors, while Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza contributed 17 apiece.
SEATTLE SEEKING TEAM The city of Seattle has been working behind the scenes with a hedge-fund manager the past eight months to bring an team back to town, possibly as early as next fall if the Sacramento Kings fail to get a satisfactory deal for a new arena, newly released documents show.
The city turned over the documents to The Seattle Times on Friday under a public records request.
The hedge-fund manager Christopher Hansen, 44, approached the city about his desire to buy an N.B.A. team and build an arena south of Safeco Field, the documents show.
Seattle has not had an N.B.A. team since 2008, when the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.