April 4, 2014 at Boston: 24 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST, 64% FG, 1 TO (W)
Carter-Williams, a Hamilton, Mass. native, had about 150 friends and family in attendance to witness this dismantling of his hometown Boston Celtics.
"We really wanted this. I think it's a great win for us," said Carter-Williams, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). Henry Sims chipped in a career-high 24 points, but it was Carter-Williams who stole the show.
He was getting his shot any way he wanted against the shorter Boston guards, particularly on pull-ups in and around the restricted area. He was surgical in his probing of the defense, routinely finding the open man cutting toward the rim with a pocket pass. He exercised tremendous patience. Carter-Williams ranks ninth in the NBA in turnovers (234) and in this game he only committed one.
Often criticized for his inconsistency from the field, Carter-Williams' shooting percentage on this night was his second-highest output of the season. Perhaps even more telling, was that he didn't settle for any three-point attempts. He's shooting a woeful 26 percent from beyond the arc on the season, and in this particular matchup, he took what the defense gave him and never tried to do too much.
"As a leader on this team, and the freedom that I have to take shots, I'm going to be expected to make some," Carter-Williams said to Philly.com's Keith Pompey, "and tonight that's what I did."
The signature play came with about six minutes left in the game. Carter-Williams scored on a layup to put the 76ers up five, and on the ensuing defensive possession, he stonewalled Celtics guard Phil Pressey, swiping the ball from him just past half court. He took it the rim, adjusted when Pressey caught up and banked it in to increase the lead to seven.