Afterward, the Celtics spoke about the burden that lies heavy on the Knicks’ shoulders, which is exactly what they should have done. That’s the price of history, after all, the permanent tax incurred by what happened on other fields, in that other sport, almost nine years ago.

“All the pressure is on them,” Jeff Green said when this 97-90 gem of an overtime thriller was in the books, as the happy home fans flooded North Station and the aggravated Knicks fans started pondering the long drive home on the Mass Pike. “All we have to do is keep playing hard and keep fighting and we can hopefully get back in this series. But they’re the ones who are a game away.”

Yes, and that’s why the Knicks still have to like where they sit in this series, still up three games to one despite their inability to steal this one, in which they trailed by 20 and then led by two before Kevin Garnett reached back to 2007 or so for a 20-footer that tied the game and forced OT.

Green was doing his best to play the part of Kevin Millar, who, in 2004, with another Boston team famously trailing another New York team three games to none, had defiantly warned the Yankees, before Game 4, “Don’t let the Red Sox win this game. DO NOT LET the Red Sox win this game!”

And if things break a certain way, maybe that Garnett jumper late in regulation — which bought the Celtics the extra five minutes they needed to recover and recuperate — can serve as the basketball version of Dave Roberts’ bottom-of-the-ninth steal against Mariano Rivera, the ignition that invited one epic comeback and one historic collapse a couple of miles away from TD Garden, over at Fenway Park, October of 2004.