It took just 23 seconds for Sixers rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams to make the first basket of his career -- a strong two-handed dunk in transition -- and he never looked back, turning in one of the best debut performances in NBA history.
The No. 11 pick finished with 22 points (on 6-of-10 shooting), 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals in 36 minutes as the Sixers surprised the Heat 114-110 on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Carter-Williams even provided a pair of game-sealing free-throws with eight seconds remaining. Needless to say, the Syracuse product was pleased with his first day on the job.
"It couldn't have gone any better," Carter-Williams said, according to Syracuse.com. "I was all excited up in here. I'll be excited tonight, celebrate with my family and then back to work tomorrow."
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"It's just an unbelievable moment, the team played great," Carter-Williams said in a postgame interview with CSN Philly. "The crowd was awesome, I was excited. I'm just glad we came up with the win."
Portland's Lillard kicked off his 2013 Rookie of the Year campaign with 23 points, 11 assists and three rebounds in a home victory over the Lakers. Carter-Williams' night against the two-time defending champions erased any doubt as to whose name will appear at the top of this week's Rookie of the Year rankings.
''I couldn't think of a better way to start your NBA career,'' reigning MVP James said afterward.
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