‘Best & Worst’ awards: Sixers vs. Mavericks

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Dallas Mavericks 124-112 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Best performance: Dirk Nowitzki showed why he played in his 12th all-star game this year. Nowitzki had 25 points and hit 9 of 12 from the field, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and both of his free throw attempts. He also contributed seven rebounds and four assists and ended the third quarter with a long three pointer.Nowitzki is a future Hall of Famer and at 35, still has a lot of great basketball left.

Best performance in a losing effort: Thaddeus Young had 30 points, 13 rebounds, a career-high six assists and seven steals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau the only other player in NBA history steals tracked back to 1973-74) to hit all those numbers in a single game was Hakeem Olajuwon vs Seattle on March 10, 1987 (38 points, 17 rebounds, six assists seven steals). Young also took a career-high 29 shots (making 12).

Best defensive performance:  Young had seven steals and was diving for a loose ball with under a minute left. He gave it all he had on both ends of the floor in more than 43 exhausting minutes.

Worst statistic: The Sixers had zero blocked shots.

Second  worst statistic: The Sixers were outrebounded 48-34.

Best statistic: The Mavericks shot 48 for 77 from the field (62.3 percent).

Wasted statistic: The Sixers forced a season-high 25 turnovers.

Most eye-popping statistic: The Sixers scored 30 fast break points, while the Mavericks added 26.

Unsung performance: Michael Carter-Williams had 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Unsung performance II: DeJuan Blair of Dallas scored 18 points (7 of 9 from the field) in just over 16 minutes off the bench.

Fast fact: This was the eighth time Carter-Williams has recorded at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. .  Entering the game, all the other rookies in the NBA had eight such performances combined.

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