The Philadelphia 76ers, regressing more towards the team that we though they would be in the 2013-14 NBA season, had lost their last four games as they were set to face off with the Orlando Magic, another team that has had their share of struggles this year, on Tuesday night.
Mirroring the struggles of his team, rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had also been having a rough go of it as of late in Philly. Over their most recent four-game losing streak, Carter-Williams had scored in double figures in every game and had solid assist, defensive, and rebounding numbers, but he had also shot under 43 percent in all but one game. He seemed to be settling into somewhat of a slump.
With one swoop and a fantastic double-overtime game on Tuesday night, though, Carter-Williams ended his individual slump and the Sixers’ recent skid. Philadelphia ultimately came out on top by a score of 126-125 on the evening while Carter-Williams went out and notched the first triple-double of his young career.
In 47 minutes, the rookie put up 27 points, 10 assists, 12 rebounds and also added three steals. More importantly, though, MCW shot an impressive 11-19 from the field and saw his shots find the bottom of the net at a much more efficient rate than they had as of late. Sure, his triple-double was matched by Magic rookie Victor Oladipo, but it was still a solid effort from the young Sixers stud.
Carter-Williams has slowed a bit since his hot start to his first year in the league, especially since missing four games in the middle of November. However, there’s still no denying that the rook is vastly talented and much more effective than almost anyone could have expected for his first year in the NBA. As a youngster, he’s going to have slumps at times, but a player with the talent that he’s shown he has is also going to have big bounce-back games like he did on Tuesday as well.