It was a big Monday night in Dallas for Boston Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart, who played reasonably well in his homecoming (7 points and 3 assists in 24 minutes.)

The only two blemishes were the C’s 118-113 road loss to the Mavericks, and the dirty behind-the-back crossover from Devin Harris that sent Smart crashing to the floor.

From the Celtics’ team website:

Smart, who was born and raised in the Dallas area, has had a homecoming of sorts over the past two days. He spent much of Sunday with his family and friends, all before touring the home that he just purchased for his mother. […] “She picked out an awesome place,” Smart said Monday morning, noting that he plans to close on the house on Nov. 17. “It’s incredible. I love it.”

 

Smart also recalled the moment he walked through the front door with his family for the very first time. […] “It was crazy,” he said. “I looked at my mom and she was smiling from ear to ear with my dad. I just felt proud.”

 

As he should. Smart has come a long way over the past five to 10 years. He has hurdled every obstacle that has stood in front of him – bullets, death, gangs, and more – and become a successful young man.