PHILADELPHIA -- On paper, the 76ers don't have a chance.
The Golden State Warriors have too much star power. Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams will get exposed. And the Sixers won't be able to dictate pace late in the fourth quarter.
But isn't that what people said before the Sixers' first three games, which all ended with upset victories?
"We just go out there and compete, stay positive and play the whole 48 minutes," Evan Turner said.
That formula has enabled the youthful and inexperienced Sixers to equal their best start since opening 3-0 during 2006-07 season.
They can equal their 4-0 start from the 2000-01 season with a victory over the Warriors (2-1). That Sixers squad opened the season with 10 consecutive victories en route to losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
The expectations are much lower this season. However this season's squad may be playing with the same fearlessness the 2000-01 squad had.
The Sixers boast a no-quit attitude that has enabled them to post come-from-behind victories against the Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls.
They are also averaging 110 points per game in rookie coach Brett Brown's up-tempo style of play.
"We are just taking it day-by-day, game-by-game," power forward Thaddeus Young said. "We are excited about the victories, but the work doesn't stop here.
"We are a young team. We know that we have a lot to learn. And we know that we are to give it our all each and every night."
The Sixers will face a Golden State squad with one of the NBA's top backcourts.
The Warriors are led by point guard Stephen Curry, shooting guard Klay Thompson and swingman Andre Iguodala, a former Sixer.
Curry is shooting 59.3 percent on three pointers and averages 23.3 points and 9.0 assists per game. Thompson is the team's leading scorer with a 25-point average and second best three-point-shooter (52.9 percent). Iguodala averages 8.7 points and a 6.7 assists.
The 6-foot-6, 206-pounder played his first eight seasons in Philadelphia. He was sent to the Denver Nuggets in August 2012 as part of a four-team trade involving the Sixers, Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic. Iguodala signed with the Warriors as a free agent in July.
Iguodala and company will look to contain Carter-Williams. The Syracuse standout appears to be the early front-runner for the rookie of the year award.
Carter-Williams has scored 62 points through the first three games. That's the highest total by a Sixer to start an NBA career since Allen Iverson scored 69 as a rookie in 1996-97. Meanwhile, Carter-Williams has 27 assists and is just the fifth player since the 1985-86 season to record 27 or more assists in his first three games.
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