By Gethin Coolbaugh, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) -- In a midseason matchup of MVP contenders, the loudest chants at TD Garden were for the little guy carrying the Celtics.
As the amped-up crowd serenaded Isaiah Thomas, the 5-foot-9 star played like an MVP with 38 points and nine assists to help Boston beat James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-109 on Wednesday night.
"It's stuff you dream of as a little kid," Thomas said. "I always said to be in the Garden, to play for the Celtics and for them to be chanting MVP is like, it doesn't seem real."