Highlights: Sixers 109, Wizards 102
Washington Wizards guard John Wall refused to read to much into Michael Carter Williams season opening stat line of 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds as the Philadelphia Sixers pulled off a shocking upset of the Miami Heat.
During the first quarter of Friday’s game between the Wizards and Sixers it was Wall who took control right from the opening tip. He would finish the first quarter with 15-points on 6-of-6 shooting, meanwhile Carter-Williams looked like a rookie who was only playing his second career game.
With Wall chirping at him the entire first half the former Syracuse Orangeman finished the first 24 minutes with only two points on 1-of-6 shooting and two turnovers.
“He was scoring and he was talking, but he was just trying to get me out of my focus,” said Carter Williams. “I just kept being confident and I was able to make plays in the second half. John Wall is a great player and he does a lot of great things out there. He’s been the in the NBA for a few years and this is my first year but I’m going to go out there and compete every single play.”
After halftime the 22-year-old showed the poise of a veteran scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting including two big three pointers as the Sixers dominated the second half beating the Wizards 109-102.
“You’re in the NBA and it’s a close game and you wonder how does a young guy respond,” said Sixers coach Brett Brown. “He doesn’t get fazed by the moment. He feels a responsibility to be a point guard and get our veterans through tough times. That’s a rare quality for a young man and he has that.”
At 2-0 the Sixers are the biggest surprise in the NBA. With a watered down roster expectations were set extremely low. For now they’re enjoying this good start but Carter-Williams is well aware that there are 80 games left.
“I know there are going to be ups and downs. I’m sure I’m going to perform well in many games and struggle in many games, but it’s all about how I bounce back. If I’m out there struggling its all about how I bounce back the next play.”