A quick show of hands of all those who saw the Sixers jumping out to a 3-0 start to the season after games against the Heat, Wizards and Bulls …

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Better yet, how many folks snapped off the TV when the Sixers went down by 20 points late in the second quarter and by 18 points midway through the third quarter?

Now, more importantly, how many folks out there can explain how the 76ers can rally in the second half from deficits of double digits against the two-time defending champs, the up-and-coming Wizards and perennial power Bulls?

The 3-0 76ers? After the 107-104 victory over the Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, only the Sixers and the Indiana Pacers are undefeated in the Eastern Conference and it marks the first time the Sixers opened a season 3-0 since 2006-07.

How did this happen? The Sixers’ full-game effort and toughness are immeasurable. It also doesn’t hurt to get strong performances from veterans Evan Turner, Thad Young and Spencer Hawes, too.

Turner scored 20 points, is averaging 23 points per game and has thrived in coach Brett Brown’s up-tempo offense.

Hawes has two straight double-doubles after posting 18 points and 11 boards against the Bulls, and is averaging 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game while shooting 64.9 percent from the floor, including 6 for 12 from three-point range.

Hawes also buried a 16-footer with 5.9 seconds left on a behind-the-back bounce pass from Michael Carter-Williams to seal the game.

Young hit three three-pointers on Saturday after scoring 29 points on 20 shots with only two of them outside of the paint on Friday night. Strangely, Young shot 2 for 12 from three-point range over the previous two seasons combined and hadn’t made three in a game since March of 2010.

But the biggest reason why the Sixers are 3-0 has been the play of their rookie point guard. Carter-Williams’ performances and stat lines seem to have come from nowhere, at least not based off his numbers in college or during the exhibition season. In fact, Carter-Williams has even surprised Brown, who said before the season began that the rookie was better than he thought.