Carter-Williams shines in debut as Sixers shock Heat

Updated: October 30, 2013

Philadelphia, PA ( – Michael Carter-Williams impressed in
his first career game with nine steals, setting a record for the most in an
NBA debut, as the Philadelphia 76ers opened their season with a shocking
114-110 win over the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center.

Carter-Williams also had 22 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds. Evan
Turner led the team in scoring with 26 points, while Spencer Hawes added 24
points and nine rebounds on the night of Philadelphia legend Allen Iverson’s

The 76ers’ win snapped a string of 15 straight losses to the Heat, which
included their last seven in Philadelphia.

LeBron James tallied 25 points and 13 assists for Miami, which won
convincingly at home over the Bulls in its season debut on Tuesday. Chris
Bosh scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, while Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers
both contributed four 3-pointers in defeat.

The Heat decided to sit All-Star guard Dwayne Wade for precautionary reasons.

Philadelphia shocked the Heat with a 19-0 run to start the game. The run was
the largest to start a game since February 21, 2004. The 76ers displayed
excellent ball movement in their dominant first quarter. They went 11-of-11
until Turner missed a shot at the 4:51 mark of the first.

Carter-Williams, the 11th overall pick in this past year’s draft, opened the
game with a steal off Roger Mason Jr. and then dunked for his first career
points. The Heat could not get their offense going until James made a layup
nearly five minutes into the game.

The 76ers took a 33-14 lead into the second. The momentum shifted as the Heat
opened up the quarter with a 14-1 run. Chalmers and Mason Jr. made back-to-
back threes to pull Miami within one with 1:25 left in first half. James was
fouled en route to the basket and made Philadelphia pay by draining both free
throws to end the first half with the 76ers only leading by two, 51-49.

Miami’s outside shooting was the story of the third quarter. The Heat made 9-
of-12 three-pointers. Allen made shots from beyond the arc on four straight
possessions, including a half-court shot to end the frame.

The Heat still held the lead going into the final half of the final quarter.
Hawes hit a three with 2:36 to go to put the Sixers within one. James
Anderson stole the ball from Chalmers on the next play, allowing Hawes to rush
down the court and make layup. Carter-Williams added a free throw to give the
Sixers a 110-108 lead with 27 seconds left in the game.

Shane Battier missed a three off the inbound with Evan Turner grabbing the
rebound, forcing James to foul him. Turner made both shots with 19.1 seconds

Miami missed 10 straight field goals until Allen made a shot to cut the
deficit in half with 9.6 seconds left, but Carter-Williams added two more
points on free throws to account for the final score.

Game Notes

The Heat set a floor record for most points in any quarter with 45 in the
third … The 76ers made their first 11 field goals, while the Heat missed
their first seven … Miami made 16-of-40 three-point attempts …
Philadelphia went on a 15-3 run to end the game.