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8-18 FG | 10-12 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | -3
The rook scored a career-high 26 points and also recorded his first-career triple-double — getting his 10th rebound in the second overtime to complete the trip-dub. But the man he was marking for much of the game, fellow rookie Michael Carter-Williams, also recorded his first-career triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Most importantly, MCW got the win.
14-27 FG | 10-11 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 43 PTS | +5
Afflalo also set a career-high by scoring 43 points. Afflalo did much of his damage on the left side of the floor, which has been the theme for him on offense since the start of the 2012-13 season. But ultimately, the Sixers beat the Magic, so Afflalo’s career night cannot even be properly savored. Which is a shame, because he played out of his mind.
15-24 FG | 2-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 33 PTS | +8
The lumbering power forward, who never met a midrange jump shot he didn’t like, dropped a career-high 33 points in a losing effort by making a bevy of long two’s. But he snagged just 3 rebounds despite playing 50 minutes. Starting in place of center Nikola Vucevic (ankle), Davis’ lackadaisical rebounding led to the Sixers 56-34 rebounding edge in the game.
4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 STL | 4 REB | 8 PTS | +1
Nicholson played close to 39 minutes, yet he didn’t record a single assist. But more importantly, he grabbed just four rebounds for the entire game, which is a surprise, given how well he’s been rebounding the basketball this season. He also turned the ball over three times. In all, it was not the best performance from the second-year power forward.
They dominated the glass with Vucevic out, and had six separate players score in double figures including three who scored more than 24 points. They did have 23 turnovers, but 15 of them came from Evan Turner and MCW. It was a tense, back-and-forth victory where they gutted it out in double OT to win by a point in an exhilarating game.