Kevin Garnett's last Gino Time? (w/ video)

Even though it was announced pregame that Kevin Garnett would not take the floor on the second night of a back-to-back, it quickly became clear that much of yesterday's Celtics crowd either didn't know, or didn't care.  Chants of "We want KG!" echoed throughout the TD Garden all night long.

With the C's leading by 15 late in the fourth quarter, Brad Stevens called a timeout to empty his bench--or so he thought:

The cheer shifted to "Thank you KG!" and the 20-year-veteran's beloved Gino Time video played on jumbotron:

After the game, Garnett shared his thoughts on what Boston and its fans mean to him:

When asked about retirement, Garnett avoided the question and took it as the perfect opportunity to make his exit.  Via ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg:

I just want to say thank you all for all the appreciation tonight. I'm out of here, man. On that note, I'm exiting. I'll see you guys later. Let me out of here. I'll see you guys later. Thank you all, man. I appreciate you, Boston.

If Garnett never again suits up at the TD Garden, this was certainly a spectacular farewell.

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