Nets' KG, Pierce praise Raptors fans

More than 10,000 fans gathered at Maple Leaf Square to watch Sunday's Game 7. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto...

More than 10,000 fans gathered at Maple Leaf Square to watch Sunday's Game 7. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun)

Mike Koreen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

While playoff experience may be a big factor on the court, it doesn’t appear to be nearly as much of a factor in the stands.

Just ask Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. In the wake of their big defensive stand to seal the Brooklyn Nets’ dramatic 104-103 triumph over the Raptors on Sunday at a roaring Air Canada Centre, two of the NBA’s grizzled playoff vets came out gushing about Toronto.

“I want to give a shout-out to Toronto the city,” Garnett said in his media scrum, without prompting. “This has got to be one of the best places and best atmospheres I’ve played in in a long time. Paul and I were talking ... about different places we’ve played and the passion, but this place was rocking, man. D-Will (Deron Williams) was shooting free throws (in the final minute) and our ears were ringing. Big shout to the Toronto Raptors, their fans and their city.”

If anyone should know about loud crowds, it’s Pierce, who played in his ninth Game 7 — second-most among active players


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