Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters make large plays late to lead teams to …

January 10, 2015 - Finding Carter

Two former Syracuse guards came adult with pivotal plays late in last-minute victories on Friday night.

Michael Carter-Williams gathering a line and dished to Nerlens Noel for a game-winning asperse with 3 seconds left for a 90-88 win for a Philadelphia 76ers over a Brooklyn Nets.

“I knew we wanted to dig a invulnerability and possibly see if we could get a shot during a basket or a pull-up,” Carter-Williams said. “But once we saw a invulnerability entrance to assistance on me — and Nerlens done a good play by anticipating a open area — we knew he’d have a good possibility of scoring.”

In Oklahoma City, Dion Waiters done an impact in his initial home diversion with a Thunder.

Waiters strike a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left off an support from Kevin Durant to put a Thunder adult by 4 points in a diversion opposite a Utah Jazz. The shot helped put a diversion divided after Waiters had missed an open 3-pointer a notation earlier. The Thunder went on to win 99-94.

Oklahoma City Thunder brazen Kevin Durant (right) celebrates with Dion Waiters after Waiters strike a 3-pointer in a fourth entertain of a diversion opposite a Utah Jazz on Jan. 9, 2015, in Oklahoma City.

“The initial time he (Durant) found me, we was too excited,” Waiters said. “I was too open. we wanted to strike it genuine bad, and we kind of rushed it and was all off balance. When we came out of a timeout, he only said, ‘Be ready, it’s going to come around again.'”

Waiters scored 15 points off a dais in his second diversion with his new group after being traded from Cleveland.

“It’s a lot different,” he said. “I’m means to play. we don’t got to demeanour over my shoulder, anything like that, if we make a mistake. Coaches tell me to play, be aggressive. Be me. Once we get told that, a game’s easy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Here’s a demeanour during how players with ties to Central New York fared on Friday:

Dion Waiters (Oklahoma City Thunder): played 27 mins with 15 points (7-for-14 FGs, 1-for-4 3-pointers), 4 steals, 3 rebounds and 1 support in 99-94 win over Utah. Up next: during Houston, 8 p.m. Thursday (TNT)

Wes Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers): did not play in 101-84 win vs. Orlando due to hip injury. Up next: vs. Portland, 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Tyler Ennis (Phoenix Suns): did not play in 100-95 detriment during San Antonio. Up next: during Memphis, 6 p.m. Sunday

Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks): off Friday. Anthony hopes to play subsequent week opposite Milwaukee in London

Jerami Grant (Philadelphia 76ers): played 13 mins with 6 points (2-for-7 FGs, 1-3 3-pointers), 2 rebounds, 1 support and 1 take in 90-88 win during Brooklyn. Up next: vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers): played 31 mins with 8 points (2-for-9 FGs, 1-1 3-pointers), 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 1 take in 90-88 win during Brooklyn. Up next: vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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