Carter-Williams leads 76ers past Magic in 2OT
Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo gave the NBA a double
dose of triple-double history.
Carter-Williams had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for
Philadelphia, and Oladipo had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
for Orlando, the first time two rookies had a triple-double in the
After 58 minutes of hoops, Carter-Williams had the only stat
that truly mattered – the win.
Carter-Williams had his first career triple-double, and Thaddeus
Young added 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 76ers past the
Magic 126-125 in double-overtime on Tuesday night.
Carter-Williams got his 10th assist on a dish to Young late in
the second OT to put the Sixers up 125-120.
”It’s not me versus Oladipo,” Carter-Williams said. ”It’s
Sixers versus Orlando. It’s a team game. I just wanted to get the
Evan Turner had 24 points for Philadelphia, which snapped a
four-game losing streak. James Anderson added 19 points and Spencer
Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 43 points for the Magic and
Glen Davis had a career-high 33.
”I’m upset we lost, but under the circumstances of how we were
able to stay in the game, I’m proud of the guys,” Afflalo
Turner was whistled for his fifth foul with 12.1 seconds left in
the first OT on Afflalo’s 3-point attempt. Afflalo made all three
free throws, tying the score at 118. The Magic fell behind early in
the second overtime and the Sixers held on from the free-throw
The Magic, coming off a 98-80 loss at Washington on Monday
night, played without Nik Vucevic (14.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg) because of a
sprained left ankle and point guard Jameer Nelson (sprained left
Davis stunned the Sixers with his first 3-pointer of the season,
nailing it from the top of the key to tie the score at 104-all with
18 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He was 6 for 40 in his
career on 3s and hadn’t made one since the 2011-12 season.
”He loves playing, he loves competing, he loves to win,” coach
Jacque Vaughn said. ”I’m going to spring for some ice for the ice
bath and cool him down for two days from now.”
Afflalo sparked a rally earlier in the quarter, capping a 9-0
run with a jumper that gave the Magic a 98-96 lead with 2:45 left.
After the Sixers grabbed a four-point lead, Afflalo buried his
fourth 3 to make it a one-point game. Young scored for the Sixers,
then Davis connected in the clutch.
The Sixers stil had a huge edge beyond the arc, making 11 of 29.
The Magic missed 20 of 26.
”We pulled it out, and that’s huge,” Turner said. ”The
experience is great. Both sides have young teams. I’m just glad we
were able to come out on top. It was crazy.”
Carter-Williams’ first 3 of the game in the third made it 83-72,
getting a rise out of the roughly 10,000 fans who turned out for
Carter-Williams was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month
before the game, the first Sixers rookie to win the award since
Allen Iverson in April 1997. Carter-Williams, the 11th overall pick
of the draft, had already scored 20-plus points five times this
season and helped the Sixers beat Miami, Washington and Chicago to
open the season. He made 11 of 19 shots and chipped in three steals
with a banged-up right knee against the Magic.
The Sixers (7-12) have cooled considerably since their
surprising start, but first-year coach Brett Brown has them playing
hard and playing smart. As the NBA season tipped off, the
over-under out of Las Vegas for total wins for the 76ers this year
was 16.5, the lowest of any team in the league.
They should top that – and Carter-Williams is a big reason why
the Sixers are somehow in the playoff mix.
”We all played great,” Carter-Williams said.
Of course, an Atlantic Division littered with bad basketball and
underachievers also has the Sixers in the hunt. None of the five
teams in the division have a winning record.
The Magic’s record would have them chasing first in the Atlantic
instead of dumping them in last in the Southeast Division, well
Afflalo was 14 of 27 from the field, made five of Orlando’s six
3s, and was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.
”It’s was a long game and, to lose by a point, that was a
tough,” Afflalo said.
NOTES: Orlando played the second game of a six-game road trip.
… Carter-Williams had Philadelphia’s first triple-double since
Andre Iguodala on March 23, 2005. … Orlando’s starters scored all
but nine points. … There were 23 lead changes and 16 ties.