Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Live Score and Analysis
Wow. Can I say that again? Wow! What a win for the Philadelphia 76ers and what a debut by rookie Michael Carter-Williams.
The Sixers defeated the Miami Heat 114-110 tonight behind great performances from MCW, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes.
The clear player of the game has to be the rookie. He finished with an unbelievable 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. Just about started his career with a quadruple-double.
He, along with his fellow youthful teammates, took advantage of a Miami Heat team that looked sluggish for much of the night during this second game of a back-to-back.
But I'm sure Miami won't make excuses for themselves, so I won't make any for them. Hats off to the youngsters in Philly for an exciting and inspired performance.
Heat dominate 1 of biggest threats in East 1 night, then get embarrassed by potentially worst team in conference the next.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) October 31, 2013
Certainly not a great sign for a team trying to go for a threepeat. Obviously, it's still early.
Here is the final box score.
Why not? MCW caps terrific night with two free throws for a 114-110 lead with 8.5 to go.— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) October 31, 2013
This has got to go down as one of the greatest NBA debuts of all time. I am blown away by MCW's performance against a Miami team that throttled Derrick Rose last night.
Wow. Shades of the end of Game 6 of the Finals. Miami missed three shots, but Philly could not secure a defensive rebound. Those Heatles fight for the ball when they have to.
Heat 110, 76ers 112 — 0:09 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
This game has been an absolute blast. This is such a great example of guys playing hard and looking to prove something. Everyone's been hating on Philly for months and they're about to knock off the Heat.
Miami has no timeouts left, down four. Limits the options some.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) October 31, 2013
After two clutch free throws, the 76ers are up four. Philly is in the midst of a 13-to-1 run.
Heat 108, 76ers 112 — 0:19 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Michael Carter-Williams nearly has a quadruple-double with 20 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds.
If Philly had made layups and free throws over the last minute of this game, they'd be up five to seven points right now. Timeout and possession Miami.
Heat 108, 76ers 110 — 27.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia's now blown three opportunities to stretch the lead from one to three.
Things are getting nuts in Philadelphia! Spencer Hawes dropped a three and then finished a fast break to go up 109-108 with 1:30 left in the game.
There was a lot of talk before tonight that Thaddeus Young was the only legitimate threat in Philly. He's 5-of-15 tonight. Meanwhile, MCW, Turner and Hawes are all balling.
Heat 108, 76ers 104 —2:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Here's a better look at Evan Turner's first-quarter dunk on LeBron James. This one's from the NBA's official YouTube channel.
LeBron James has 21 assists in his first two games of the season. He's never done that before.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 31, 2013
I for one, hope LeBron channels his inner Magic all season long. I think he can average 10 dimes a game.
'Rio with the transition oop to LBJ. Shades of wade.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) October 31, 2013
LeBron is in, and is asserting himself now.
I'm getting more and more confused about LeBron being on the bench with Miami up just three.
Carter-Williams just snagged his eighth steal. I want him to get a triple-double so bad. And I don't even have a dog in this fight.
Heat 98, 76ers 95 — 7:00 minutes left in the fourth quarter
Turner with 21, MCW 19, Hawes 17, Wroten 14 as Sixers trail 100-97 with 6:37 left.LeBron with 23 and 12 assists.— Bob Cooney (@BobCooney76) October 31, 2013
Plenty of great individual performances in Philadelphia tonight.
The Heat are letting the Sixers hang around, 100-97 with 6:37 left.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 31, 2013
Surprised doesn't begin to describe my thoughts. Just shows how much pride these guys have. Everyone has been going in on the Sixers for months about how they might be the worst team ever. Seems like they paid attention.
This has been cute and all, but Spoelstra might want to get that LeBron guy back in.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) October 31, 2013
I'm sure tons of Miami fans are thinking the same thing. Why give this young team life? They showed early they can go on a run.
Here's the tail end of Ray Allen's third-quarter three-point barrage, including the 50-foot buzzer beater.
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