BOSTON — As the starters were introduced by the Celtics public address announcer prior to the game, the loudest ovation was for Philadelphia guard and Hamilton, Mass., native Michael Carter-Williams.
The stands were full of Sixers number 1 jerseys (Carter-Williams' number). Some were fans while some were Carter-Williams' family, who all came to cheer on the 6-foot-6 rookie, who is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year.
And while Carter-Wiliams didn't have one of his best games, he gave his supporters plenty to cheer about as the Sixers edged the Celtics 95-94.
Philly's Evan Turner scored the game-winning shot on a driving runner as time expired.
While Turner's winning basket was a huge play obviously, the rebound that set up that play by Carter-Williams was arguably just as important.
"When I got it," Carter-Williams said, "I can't remember who was on me, but I saw ET [Turner] and he had a smaller defender on him so I got him the ball and he made a great finish to get us the win."
Although Carter-Williams has had bigger games, he still had a decent night with 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds in addition to a steal and two blocked shots.
Getting the victory was important, as the Sixers snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
But to get it in front of family and friends made it even more special for Carter-Williams.
"It was great playing in front of everybody and them coming out to support me," said Carter-Williams who added,"and I'm thankful for it and I'm glad we got the win for them."