Oh What a Night! Sixers knock off Heat in Home Opener, Will 76ers Ticket Prices Rise?
If this is how the Philadelphia 76ers’ season will continue, then we are in for a fun ride. The Sixers opened up the season with a resounding 114-110 victory over the defending champion Miami Heat. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams was the star of the show, scoring 22 points while adding 12 assists, 7 rebounds, and a whopping 9 steals. Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes both exceeded 20 points scored, dropping 26 and 24 respectively, and Tony Wroten added 14 points off the bench as the young Sixer team held off Miami for the upset.
The 76ers led to start the game 19-0 and then 26-4, before Miami narrowed the gap to two entering halftime. The 76ers were then trailing by nine entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the Heat 29-16 in the final 12 minutes to win by four.
A victory like this, as unexpected as it was, can certainly alter players’ and fans’ perception of the team. But will it result in higher prices for 76ers tickets? That’ll depend on how long the team can remain competitive. If they play like the hope opener, the 76ers will be a hot commodity all season long and Philadelphians will eagerly pay higher prices for tickets. But if pre-season expectations come to fruition, tickets will remain some of the most affordable NBA tickets all season long.
Either way, it’s fun to bask in the glory that is victory #1. The Heat dismantled the Chicago Bulls the night earlier, so this isn’t the case of a team beginning the season and trying to get the rust off the hinges. Miami was prepared to play and the 76ers were simply the better team. It may be a bit too much to expect close to a quadruple-double every night from Mr. Michael Carter-Williams, but if he can average even half of those figures over the course of the season, it will be a productive year for the Syracuse product.
The 76ers are home for five of their first six games so make sure to schedule a visit to the Wells Fargo Center and check out the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers!