Jae Crowder objected to the way fans of the Boston Celtics cheered for Gordon Hayward before Tuesday's game at TD Garden.
Hayward is expected to be a free agent target for the Celtics this offseason.
Crowder responded with maybe his best game of the season, scoring 21 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while making all but one of the six 3-pointers that he put up over 35 minutes of floor time as part of Boston's 115-104 victory.
"I heard the cheering before the game. I didn't like that at all," said Crowder. "I think that was a sign of disrespect to me from the fans. That sparked a little fire in me."
"I just felt disrespected," Crowder added.
Crowder is in the second year of a five-year, $35 million deal that he signed with the Celtics in July 2015.