He wasn't the O'Neal everyone cared about leading up to last night's first-round opener against the Knicks at TD Garden.

The Celtic with 12 points, four blocks, and a game-tying basket with 73 seconds left in regulation made so much of a difference that coach Doc Rivers said "we won the game'' because of him.

Jermaine O'Neal may have been one of the last players expected to make such a difference against New York, but he had a lot to do with Boston's 87-85 victory.