If Michael Carter-Williams ever needed a confidence boost, he received one Saturday night.
The 76ers point guard recorded his third career triple-double in a closer than expected 110-103 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Wells Fargo Center.
Carter-Williams finished with 18 points, a career-high 16 assists and a season-best 10 rebounds. The second-year player struggled from the field, making just 4 of 13 shot attempts. But he made up for that by going 10-for-12 from the foul line. Last season’s rookie of the year was also the Sixers’ unquestioned floor general on this night.
Carter-Williams credited his teammates for his best game of the season.
“I think the guys were knocking down shots,” he said. “They were in the open area. Coach [Brett Brown] wanted to the guards to really rebound. So that was one of the things I was focused on was getting the rebounds, and finding the guys. Kicking the ball ahead, and letting them make plays and knock down shots.
“They did just that.”
Saturday was Carter-Williams’ ninth game back after being sidelined six months following right-shoulder surgery on May 6.
He had been in a funk prior to that game.
Carter-Williams scored four points on 1-for-9 shooting in Wednesday’s 99-91 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to Saturday, he averaged 14.3 points, 5. 9 rebounds and 4.0 turnovers and shot 34 percent from the field (24 percent on three-pointers). He made just 63 percent of his foul shots.
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