Posted Jul 25 2011 9:49PM
Frustrated from years of postseason eliminations in Minnesota, Kevin Garnett got a fresh start with a trade to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2007-08 NBA season. Joining him was the sharpshooting Ray Allen (acquired from Seattle in a trade).
Many wondered whether these two stars could co-exist with Celtics incumbent Paul Pierce, but Boston quickly put those thoughts to bed with a fast start and a top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Battled by the Hawks and Cavs to a seven-game series, the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals to face an old nemesis, the Los Angeles Lakers.
But MVP Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were no match for a hungry Celtics bunch, who locked up their 17th championship and secured the legacy of Garnett, Allen and Pierce.
Eastern Conference first round
Boston defeated Atlanta (4-3)
Cleveland defeated Washington (4-2)
Detroit defeated Philadelphia (4-2)
Orlando defeated Toronto (4-1)
Western Conference first round
L.A. Lakers defeated Denver (4-0)
New Orleans defeated Dallas (4-1)
San Antonio defeated Phoenix (4-1)
Utah defeated Houston (4-2)
Eastern Conference semifinals
Boston defeated Cleveland (4-3)
Detroit defeated Orlando (4-1)
Western Conference semifinals
L.A. Lakers defeated Utah (4-2)
San Antonio defeated New Orleans (4-3)
Eastern Conference finals
Boston defeated Detroit (4-2)
Western Conference finals
L.A. Lakers defeated San Antonio (4-1)
Boston defeated L.A. Lakers (4-2)
PPG -- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (30.0)
FG% -- Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors (.626)
FT% -- Peja Stojakovic, New Orleans Orleans (.929)
3PT% -- Jason Kapono, Toronto Raptors (.483)
Assists -- Chris Paul, New Orleans Orleans (11.6)
Rebounds -- Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (14.2)
Steals -- Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets (2.7)
Blocked Shots -- Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets (3.6)
Most Valuable Player -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Rookie of the Year -- Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics
Defensive Player of the Year -- Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
Most Improved Player -- Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Sixth Man of the Year --Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Coach of the Year -- Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets
All-Star Game MVP -- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVP -- Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
|Kings vs. Rockets|
James Harden Scores 26 points and adds 8 assists as the Rockets dethrone the Kings 102-89.
|Bucks vs. Timberwolves|
Larry Sanders scores 15 points, grabs seven rebounds and adds five blocks to help Bucks to a 103-86 victory over the Timberwolves.
|Rookie Duel: Parker v. Wiggins|
Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, the two top picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, faced one another for the first time in the regular season.
Timberwolves wear pink shoelaces in honor of Thaddeus Young's late mom.
|Cleaning the Glass|
Anthony Bennett cleans the glass with a major slam.