KG does knuckle push-ups as Celticss beat Heat in G3 ’12 ECF; Shaq retires

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On this day in Boston Celtics history, the team defeated the Miami Heat 101-91 in Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.

While the LeBron James-led Heat would eventually win the series in seven games, the Celtics made them work for it, and Game 3 was no exception. future Hall of Fame big man Kevin Garnett would lead Boston with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while forward Paul Pierce added 23 points, and point guard Rajon Rondo had 21 points, 6 boards, and 10 assists. Shooting guard Ray Allen chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds to the win.

It was also the game of Garnett’s infamous knuckle push-ups after getting knocked to the ground after a hard foul in the second quarter.

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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) and power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first half in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) and power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first half in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

“I’m getting crap about my form, but I want people to know it’s because it was on my knuckles,” KG jested after the game (via the Associated Press).

“That’s old school. My uncle taught me to do pushups on my knuckles. That’s some Army-Navy stuff.”

Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) works the ball past Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second quarter in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) works the ball past Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second quarter in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

“You’re trying to fight back the whole time,” said LeBron of the failed comeback attempt of the Heat.

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James scored just 4 points in the game’s final frame, shot down by Boston’s defense as his rivals seemingly couldn’t miss.

“We made a run but it was too much.”

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Exactly one year earlier, Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal officially announced his retirement from the game after an injury-plagued season with Boston did not go as planned.

“I’m going to miss the competition. I’m going to miss, you know, the chase for the ring. You know, I’m actually going to miss everything,” shared Shaq via ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.

His 19 seasons and copious accolades were among the greatest ever played, with the LSU alum properly honored by the league with its inclusion in the league’s all-time 75 greatest players list and the sport in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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<a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/brooklyn/" data-ylk="slk:Brooklyn Nets;elm:context_link;itc:0">Brooklyn Nets</a> guard <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4840" data-ylk="slk:Kyrie Irving;elm:context_link;itc:0">Kyrie Irving</a>, right, drives around Boston Celtics guard <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/5317" data-ylk="slk:Marcus Smart;elm:context_link;itc:0">Marcus Smart</a>, left, in the second half of Game 5 during an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, right, drives around Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, in the second half of Game 5 during an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Finally, it was also the date that the Celtics lost their fourth and final postseason game in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs to the Brooklyn Nets, falling 123-109 on the road.

Boston only won a single game in the series vs. Brooklyn (Game 3 at home), but would come back and sweep the Nets in a first-round rematch the following postseason.

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