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Kevin Garnett likens finding rhythm in his offensive game to making a booty call

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It’s hard to believe, but Kevin Garnett is 37 years old. It’s been a long, amazing and very successful NBA run for KG: Individual accolades, team success, you name, it, whatever there is to accomplish in the NBA, Garnett has done it.

And yet, like most players in the latter stages of their careers, time has an undeniable way of catching up with them. The same goes for Garnett, who, while still an important cog in the Brooklyn Nets machine, has seen his productivity lag on the court, especially on the offensive end.

KG spends less time on the court than in his younger days, only averaging about 22 minutes per game. With that, his numbers have gone down as well. This season, Garnett is averaging only 6.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds, a far cry from the absurd numbers he once put up as a young pup with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and then as a member of the Boston Celtics.

But for one night, the KG of old was on display. While his numbers weren’t mind-blowing (13 points, 5 rebounds), Garnett found himself in quite the groove in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points over an eight-minute stretch where he also had a key block along with a clutch steal with 12.8 seconds left in the game to seal a Brooklyn victory, a 102-98 win over the red-hot Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center.

The win was the Nets’ fourth-straight victory and despite a 14-21 record, Brooklyn finds itself sitting as eighth seed in a down Eastern Conference. The KG-led Nets also snapped Golden State’s 10-game winning streak.

After the game, Nets head coach Jason Kidd was all about giving praise to his veteran forward, insinuating that Garnett discovered the fountain of youth, perhaps only for one night.

“Tonight, offensively, he looked like he was 21,” Kidd said.

But it was the always-eloquent and colorful Garnett who came up with the quote of the night. When asked about his offensive surge in the fourth quarter, KG likened finding a groove to making a late-night booty call.

“I want it to be that when I dial it up, I want her to pick the phone up,” Garnett said after the game, via the New York Daily News. “Tonight, I dialed and she was right there, answering like she’s supposed to.”

Classic KG. Although one has to wonder what Brandi, his longtime girlfriend before the two wed in 2004, thinks of The Big Ticket’s means of describing how he found his offense. In fact, speaking of offense, KG’s wife may even take offense to that comparison herself.

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