In the last 24 hours, Kevin Garnett has been accused of calling Charlie Villanueva, "a cancer patient," while responding that he actually said that Villanueva was a cancer on his own team. He's also helped the Celtics win two games including a 105-102 overtime victory over the Bucks Wednesday night that featured a small scuffle between him and Andrew Bogut, which resulted in double technical fouls. After Garnett dunked on Bogut, Garnett threw an elbow and Bogut responded with a shove.


Paul Pierce had 12 of his 28 points in overtime and Rajon Rondo had another stellar game as the Celtics overcome a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-102, Wednesday night at TD Garden. Pierce joined Larry Bird and John Havlicek as the only players in franchise history to reach the 20,000-point plateau in a career. He has 20,005 and reached the mark late in overtime. Rondo dished out another 15 assists and scored 17 points, making 7-of-10 from the field for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight. 


Paul Pierce became the third player in Celtics history to reach 20,000 points, eclipsing the milestone with a free throw with 13.3 second left in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks. The 23rd point of the night for Pierce gave him 20,000 in his career, allowing him to join John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791) as the only players in franchise history to reach the milestone.


Ray Allen said the first he heard of the 'Twitter war' between Detroit big man Charlie Villanueva and Celtics star Kevin Garnett was while he was on his way to Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Allen said athletes have to be careful what they say on and off the court, and now online.


"It's a very fragile world that we live in now," Allen said. "You almost have to have people around you to protect everything that you say and do and somebody has to watch you. As athletes, I think we have to be more responsible." 


Doc Rivers said he was standing next to Kevin Garnett when he said whatever it was that he said to Charlie Villanueva Tuesday night and the coach stands by his player's account. "I’m not going to go off on a tangent on this whole thing," Rivers said. "I actually heard what Kevin said. I was standing right there. What he released is what he said. I’m going to leave it at that."


Villanueva wrote on his Twitter account: "KG called me a cancer patient."


Kevin Garnett issued a statement in an attempt to clarify his remarks to Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva Tuesday night. Villanueva said on his Twitter account that Garnett "called me a cancer patient."


In his statement, Garnett said that he told Villanueva, "You are cancerous to your team and our league."


Here's the full statement:


Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva called out Kevin Garnett via Twitter after the Celtics' win over the Pistons Tuesday night. Villanueva said that Garnett called him "a cancer patient" during the game. Villanueva added that he would "expose" Garnett in a fight. From his Twitter feed @cv31


"KG talks alot of crap, he's prob never been in a fight, I would love to get in a ring with him, I will expose him"


With Shaquille O'Neal back in Boston, the Celtics took care of business in Detroit, cruising to a 109-86 victory over the Pistons on Tuesday night. The Pistons never led in the contest.


Kevin Garnett led all scorers with 22 points, with Paul Pierce adding 21 of his own. Rajon Rondo contributed a game-high 17 assists, and has now has at least that many in three of the C's four games this season. 


There are lots of things that Kevin Garnett doesn’t like talking about, but the one thing he really doesn’t like talking about is numbers. Bring up a stat, particularly if it involves him personally, and he’ll scoff. Or scowl. Or curse.



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