When Taj Gibson talked about Mike Dunleavy's mean streak after Thursday's win over Boston, he was just getting started.

Gibson added a story about running into Dunleavy on a New York City subway train roughly 10 years ago. Dunleavy was the No. 3 pick in the 2002 NBA draft after winning a national title at Duke with Carlos Boozer and Jay Williams.

"I knew he was a tough guy when I saw him on the train in New York when I was in high school," said Gibson, a Brooklyn native. "It was kind of late at night, on the train by himself. There were like 10 of us and we were young, ready to go off to college.

"When we saw him, we were like, 'Dunleavy, what's up?' He didn't even get scared. He was like, 'What's up?' He gave us the head nod. It's stuck with me to this day. It was like on the A-train. I think it was coming from the Bronx, Manhattan. I was really shocked that I saw him on the train. You don't really see NBA players on the train, especially at night."

Gibson said he and Dunleavy talk about that moment sometimes, even though it seems unlikely Dunleavy would remember seeing a high school age Gibson. Coincidentally, Gibson later played with Dunleavy's brother James at USC.