The Philadelphia 76ers weren't supposed to win two games in their opening week. However, if the Sixers had any chance for a win, it was expected to come against the Washington Wizards on Nov. 1. Not only did the Sixers take that shot with a 109-102 victory over the Wizards, they can now go to an improbable 3-0 against the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 2.
The Sixers didn't shock the world like they did against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30. Nevertheless, it would have been easy for Philadelphia to have a letdown against Washington, and it did for much of the first half. By falling behind by 12 after one quarter and 10 after one half, the Sixers experienced the polar opposite of their hot start over the Heat.
This time around, it was Philadelphia who made a big comeback and made it stick. Once John Wall cooled down after making his first seven shots, the Wizards lost the lead in the third quarter and fell behind for the first time midway through the fourth. Once the Sixers finally got the lead, they didn't let it go as they held off a second straight opponent in the final minutes.
Six Sixers scored in double figures, led by Thaddeus Young's 29 points. With only 14 points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal in his second NBA game, Michael Carter-Williams came back to Earth from his near quadruple-double against the Heat. Yet Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes didn't miss a step from the season opener, and neither did the Sixers in the end.
With an opening week that included facing the Heat and Bulls, the Sixers weren't supposed to have anything close to a winning record. But not only will they be at least 2-1 after the weekend, they have a shot to be perfect. Derrick Rose will face Philadelphia for the first time since his career-altering injury in the 2011 playoffs, so there is intrigue no matter what.
For a team that some expected to get only 10 wins at best, the Sixers is already making inroads to that small goal. Perhaps with another upset over the Bulls, 15 or 20 wins will look realistic as well.