Kevin Garnett ended his postgame press conference Thursday night with an unprompted message to reporters that he'd like to stay in Boston.

"I just want to say that I love my situation here," said Garnett. "I don't know what all your sources are, or whoever's making up this [expletive] articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places.

"But I bleed green, and I will continue to do that. And if it's up to me I'm going to retire a Celtic."

Garnett scored his 25,000th NBA point in the second quarter of Thursday night's game. He said his daughter was in attendance ("Thank you for snow days"), a rare occasion, and he thanked every coach and teammate who had helped him along the way. While in a reflective mood, Garnett went back to a familiar metaphor -- cooking -- to explain why the Celtics might be playing better in the absence of Rajon Rondo.

"Rondo does so many different great things for this team," said Garnett. "You can kind of get lackadaisical. It's very similar to when you have someone cooking for you, and you're expecting that every day. But as soon as you start to feed yourself, all of a sudden you start making these gourmet dishes. You start having more people to the house. And you never know you really possessed that. It's kind of like that."