The Philadelphia 76ers did not deserve to win tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic. Despite giving up a career-high 43 points to Arron Afflalo, a career-high 33 points to Glen Davis and a triple-double with a career-high 26 points to rookie Victor Oladipo, the Sixers somehow squeaked away with a 126-125 victory in double-overtime.
The defense had its struggles as usual, as they basically almost let three players single-handedly beat them, scoring 102 of the team’s 125 points. Evan Turner turned the ball over eight times and fouled Afflalo on a three-pointer with his team up three and allowed him to tie the game in the first overtime. He also drove into the lane trying to get a call countless time which resulted in turnovers, including getting tied up for a jump ball with three seconds left with a chance to win it in the first overtime.
But while Turner had a forgettable night, he was saved by a guy who not only is coming off winning rookie of the month, but continues to solidify his shot at Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams. MCW put up his first of what will be many triple doubles in his career by going for 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Carter-Williams was a beast on the offensive end and even added a few offensive boards and putbacks to help his team’s chances.
While he has his ups and downs like any rookie does, Carter-Williams has quickly emerged as the best player in the draft class and he is putting up some amazing numbers in year one. Tonight’s performance just proves he is above and beyond the rest of his class and should win Rookie of the Year if he stays healthy. He is showing veteran leadership as a rookie and is already becoming someone who can be the go-to scorer down the stretch, something Sixers fans haven’t seen in a long time.
Look for MCW to pick up where he left off Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats.