My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Nets 105-101 victory over the 76ers Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: Even in defeat, this award goes to Hollis Thompson. The Sixers swingman put on a three-point shooting clinic, making a career-best 6 of 8 attempts. Thompson finished with 18 points. The rookie made three-pointers on consecutive possessions closed the gap to two points, 103-101, with 11.5 seconds remaining. Thompson made all three of his three-point attempts after intermission.
Worst performance: This goes to James Anderson. The Sixers shooting guard was basically a bystander. He missed seven of his nine shot attempts to finish with five points. Anderson didn’t have the worst shooting performance. Nets reserve guard Marcus Thornton went 1-for-10 from the field. But Thornton contributed in other ways and his two foul shots with 7.3 seconds left gave the Nets a four-point cushion. Meanwhile, Anderson failed to get to the foul line and had zero assists.
Best defensive performance: Kevin Garnett gets this one even though he only played for 13 minutes, 12 seconds. The Nets center blocked a shot and had a steal in his first game back after missing 19 straight with back spasms. Garnett also had four rebounds – three on the defensive end – to go with 10 points.