Happy Holidays.

That would be the best way to describe Row 4 in Section 123 of the Smoothie King Center on Saturday afternoon.

That's where Toya Holiday and her husband sat for the CBS Sports Classic, watching their youngest son Aaron help take down Kentucky. 

Toya Holiday had this game circled on her calendar as soon as it was announced.

It was a chance for her and the family to see their youngest son play on the same court that one of their two NBA-playing sons plays on.

"And it gave us a chance for us to come down to New Orleans and spend Christmas with our grand baby (Jrue Holiday's daughter J.T.) " Toya Holiday said.

So Toya and Shawn were all smiles on the eve of Christmas Eve.

So was their daughter Lauren, a former women's basketball player at UCLA. And their daughter-in-law also named Lauren (Jrue's wife).

And Diana DeCree, an aunt.

The only ones missing were Jrue, who was on the road as the Pelicans played the Miami Heat Saturday night and his brother Justin, who was on the road as the Chicago Bulls played the Boston Celtics.

The two older Holiday brothers would have been awfully proud of their little brother on this day.

Aaron Holiday scored 20 points and dished out eight assists in the win.

Not only did it give the Bruins their biggest win of the season, but it also gives Jrue, a UCLA alum, bragging rights over the four former Kentucky players (Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Darius Miller) on the Pelicans roster.

Aaron Holiday has watched his big brother play a few games in the Smoothie King Center, but was thrilled to take his turn on the same court.

"It's always special when you can play where your brother's played," said Aaron, a junior. "Obviously he's doing really well right now, so that's good. But just to get the win out here, it's just awesome to say ... "Yeah, I would rather Jru have been at the game, but, obviously, he's playing right now so he couldn't do that. But it's a game. I come out and play hard every night. That's really all I can do."

Jrue would have been especially pleased down the stretch.

Holiday scored on a lay-up and knocked down a pair of free throws in the final minute after Kentucky had trimmed it to 77-73.

"He's unbelievable," UCLA coach Steve Alford said of Holiday. "I've said all along he's like that pit bull, he just will come at you. I loved coaching him, these have been three great years ... It doesn't matter what you throw at him he just gives you everything he's got. And that's the thing I appreciate about Aaron."

In the first game of the double header, North Carolina bounced back from its upset loss to Wofford on Wednesday to beat Ohio State 86-72. 

The second game was much closer. 

Alford wasn't surprised at Holiday's performance.

"He has every game on the calendar circled," Alford said.

This game was special to Alford as well.

It was 30 years ago when Alford, then a guard playing at Indiana, won a national championship right next door in the Superdome when Keith Smart buried a base line jumper at the buzzer to beat Syracuse.

Before coming to New Orleans this time, Alford didn't realize the Smoothie King Center was right next to the Dome.

So when he got here, he snapped a picture of the Dome and sent it to some of his teammates on that 1987 team.

"I like this city," Alford said. "I like this city a lot."

The Holidays would likely agree.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.