Michael Carter-Williams saw the box score and sent his friend congratulations.

Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo posted 30 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds Friday in an overtime victory against the New York Knicks. It was one of the best statistical lines of his young career, and Carter Williams, a fellow rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers, recognized the achievement.

"He just texted me 'good game' and stuff," Oladipo said. "Me and Michael always checking in on each other. We've grown our friendship, and it's always cool to go against your peers."

Carter-Williams couldn't be surprised, not after Oladipo's performance against his own team back on Dec. 3, when the two guards became the first rookies in NBA history to post triple-doubles in the same game.

Oladipo, Carter-Williams and Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke have emerged in a three-horse rookie of the year race this season. With four of the top six 2013 NBA draft picks dealing with injuries from early on this season, this trio of guards has established itself thanks to opportunity and ability.

They showed camaraderie, competing in the Rising Stars Challenge and Skills Challenge (in which Burke and partner Damian Lillard beat Carter-Williams and Oladipo in the finals) together at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans this month. But in games, such as today's between the 76ers and Magic (7 p.m. ET), competitive fire consumes rookie kinship.