Michael Carter-Williams had such an impressive debut for the 76ers against the Miami Heat – 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals, seven rebounds – that someone spent the entire night cutting up every single highlight, and I implore you to spend six minutes of your time watching this reel. MCW’s night started with a steal and dunk, and he was a major reason the supposedly-awful 76ers beat the 2-time defending champion Miami Heat, 114-110.
The 76ers still might end up being a joke and the worst team in the NBA, but for a night, Philadelphia looked like a young, bouncy team that can run and jump with the best of them. The Heat didn’t have Dwyane Wade (knees), and had played the night before, but who expected them to fall behind 19-0? It took Miami three quarters to fully crawl out of that hole, and the Heat took a 9-point lead after 36 minutes on this halfcourt bomb from Ray Allen.
But back stormed the 76ers, led by “veterans” Evan Turner (26 points) and Spencer Hawes (24 points), and then Carter-Williams hit three free throws in the final :30 to ice the game. Carter-Williams won’t have many shooting nights like this: 6-of-10 FGs, 4-of-6 on three-pointers, so enjoy them while you can.
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