On the night the 76ers honored Allen Iverson as he announced his retirement, 76ers fans got to see the 76ers get a victory over the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat 114-110.
They were lead by rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who had a game to remember scoring 22 points, getting 12 assists, and had an NBA record nine steals. (For a player in his first game)
He also hit four 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds. He is the 3rd player in NBA history with at least 22 points, 12 assists, 9 steal and 7 rebound in a game, the first since Johnny Moore in 1985.
Carter-Williams said at the end of the game, “At the end of the day, it's a basketball game,". "We're all basketball players here, so we have a lot of confidence in ourselves. Miami is a great team. … We made a statement and stayed together as a team, and that's what we're going to have to do all season."
76ers veteran guard Evan Turner led the team in scoring with 26 points and center Spencer Hawes added 24.
For the Heat, LeBron James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22.
76ers began the game on fire, jumping out to a 19-0 lead making their first ten baskets from the field.
The Heat came out flat-footed missing their first 7 shots and turning the ball over six times in the first quarter. In the second quarter,the 76ers carried a 33-14 lead and were held to just one point in the first five and a half minutes
The Heat came back to form scoring 35 points and coming within two points of the 76ers by half-time 51-49.
In the second half,the difference maker Ray Allen entered in the 4th quarter. He made three straight 3 pointers and the Heat took a nine-point lead with under five minutes to play in the game.
The 76ers did not give up as they continued to score and play excellent defense ripping the ball from LeBron James three straight times as he was driving to the basket.
Hawes came up big making a three pointer to allow the 76ers to take the lead 109-108.
The player of the game Carter-Williams clichéd the game with two clutch free throws to give the 76ers their first win of the season on opening night.
Next the 76ers will play tonight against the Washington Wizards on the road.
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