No quit in Garnett

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Anyone expecting the Boston Celtics to let their 20-2 start go to their heads only had to watch Kevin Garnett late in yesterday's game to see why that's not likely to happen.

With the Celtics up 83-65 and well in control of the game, Garnett took exception to Tony Allen's lack of hustle following a missed layup.

Allen was slow getting back down the floor on defence and was whining about what he felt should have been a foul when Garnett lit into him. Sufficiently reprimanded, Allen went back to work.

With the game out of reach and Garnett on the bench for the remainder of the game, he was still on his teammates to keep the pedal down.

"We know that defence is going to win games for us," Garnett said after the game. "Really, the defence fuels the offence. It has been working."

Earlier in the week speaking with his local beat guys in Boston, Garnett was talking about the all-encompassing nature of the Celtics' emphasis on defence.

"We do so many defensive drills in practice that we do them in our sleep," Garnett said. "Man, I come home putting the press on my woman, denying her the ball. It's sad, man. It's awful. Y'all here laughing, but that's real talk. I go home denying the wing.''

AROUND THE RIM

Yesterday's loss to the Celtics snapped the Raptors' season-high four-game winning streak ... Kris Humphries continues to put up big numbers coming off the Raptors bench. Humphries had 12 points and nine rebounds. He is averaging 15 points and 8.7 rebounds on 19-for-30 shooting in the past three games.


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