PHILADELPHIA – Forget tanking. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers can’t lose.
Pegged before the season to be one of the league’s worst teams, the Sixers continued their stunning start, beating the Chicago Bulls 107-104 on Saturday behind 26 points and 10 assists from Carter-Williams.
Evan Turner had 20 points and Spencer Hawes — a former Washington Huskies and Seattle Prep player — added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the supposedly rebuilding Sixers (3-0).
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls (1-2) with 22 points and 10 rebounds .
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Still dealing with neck soreness, Derrick Rose finished with 13 points and six assists for Chicago, shooting 4 for 14 from the field and committing eight turnovers.
“I would blame tonight on me,” point guard Rose said.
• Ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson scored 27 points to lead the host Golden State Warriors past Sacramento 98-87.
• Portland won its 13th straight home opener, beating San Antonio 115-105 as Damian Lillard scored 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 24.
• Minnesota Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf, a former Gonzaga player, is out indefinitely with a fractured right elbow.
Turiaf was injured Friday night in Minnesota’s 100-81 victory over Oklahoma City when he took a spill after getting tangled with ex-Sonic Nick Collison.