Coming off of a 34-48 record last year, the Philadelphia 76ers have started the season at 2-0 and have shown that they will put up a fierce fight in the 2013-2014 campaign.
The 76ers were matched up against the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in their first game of the season.
Even though the Heat are virtually better than the Sixers in every category on paper, the Sixers showed them what Philadelphia pride was all about! It all started with the 6’6″ rookie at point guard. That’s right. Michael Carter-Williams pulled out his bag of tricks and put on a show for the fans at the Wells Fargo Center. Carter-Williams led the way with a stunning stat line of 22 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and a staggering 9 steals! The rest of his teammates chipped in nicely as the 76ers were able to pull off the upset of the Heat by a score of 114-110.
Friday’s matchup against John Wall and the Washington Wizards was another tough test for the 76ers.
As we all know, Wall is a blur out there on the hardwood and he came out on fire. Wall’s strong play had the Wizards well on their way to a win but the Sixers stayed calm and worked their way back into the game. Thaddeus Young’s 29 points and 8 rebounds gave Philadelphia a huge boost. Evan Turner had his second 20-plus-point performance in a row and Spencer Hawes added a double-double(16 points and 14 rebounds). All of these contributions aided the Sixers as they won 109-102 and improved to 2-0.
Teamwork is something that is definitely getting the Sixers over the hump. They play hard. Guys are willing to hustle for the loose ball. Nobody on the Sixers seems afraid to do the dirty work. With a young rookie emerging as an all-around threat in Carter-Williams and veteran leaders doing everything in their power to get victories, Sixers fans might have something to cheer about this season.