(PHILADELPHIA) — Even without Dwayne Wade, the Miami Heat believed they were in for an easy victory when they strolled into the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Philadelphia’s rookie point guard saw things much differently.
Making his NBA debut, Michael Carter-Williams finished with 22 points, 12 assists, and nine steals to lead the 76ers to a stunning 114-110 win over the defending champions.
“You see what he can bring on a big stage,” 76ers rookie coach Brett Brown said.
Spencer Hawes scored 24 points for the Sixers, (1-0) putting them ahead for good by hitting a driving layup with 2:01 remaining.
LeBron James lead the Heat (1-1) with 25 points and 13 assists. He was extremely impressed with the play of Carter-Williams.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to start your NBA career,” James said.
Former Sixers guard Allen Iverson was in attendance on Wednesday night. The team plans on retiring his No. 3 jersey on March 1.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN