Two of this season’s most high-profile NBA rookies — the 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, both Panini America exclusives — staged a performance for the ages Tuesday night in Philadelphia, a spectacular double-overtime thriller during which both players posted triple-doubles and, in the process, delivered a massive boost to the perceived collectible value of the entire 2013-14 NBA Draft Class. In the end, Carter-Williams’ Sixers outlasted Oladipo’s Magic in instant-classic fashion, 126-125. But in the world of licensed NBA trading cards, no one lost Tuesday night.
Last night marked the first time in NBA history that two rookies produced triple-doubles in the same game. For Carter-Williams (who finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists), the scintillating effort simply continued the string of early-season hits that have made him the front-runner for Rookie of the Year honors. Meanwhile, Oladipo served notice (with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) that MCW’s ROY candidacy will absolutely not be unopposed.
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