Tuesday, March 3, 2015

'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Magic

ORLANDO – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Orlando Magic’s 92-81 victory over the 76ers on Sunday at Amway Center:

'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Magic

The 76ers´ James Anderson, left, and Orlando Magic´s Tobias Harris (12) go after a loose ball during the first half. (John Raoux/AP)
The 76ers' James Anderson, left, and Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris (12) go after a loose ball during the first half. (John Raoux/AP)

ORLANDO – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Orlando Magic’s 92-81 victory over the 76ers on Sunday at Amway Center: 

Best performance: This was an easy one, because Tobias Harris gave the Sixers the business. The Orlando forward finished with a game-high 31 points on 10 of 20 shooting. Harris was a factor from the starting, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.

 Worst performance: This has to go to Eric Maynor. The Sixers backup point guard has struggled some since being acquired from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade on Feb. 20. Sunday was no different. Maynor missed all four of his shot attempts. He also had three turnovers and just one assist in 16 minutes, 8 seconds of action.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to the newest Sixer, Jarvis Varnado. The power forward, who signed a 10-day contract on Saturday, blocked three shots and altered several others.  Varnado also finished with two points and three rebounds – all defensive - in 14:38.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Thaddeus Young wins this award after producing 29 points on 13-for-25 shooting. He made a game-high three three-pointers. The power forward also had eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to Orlando’s three-point shooting. It made just 1 of 13 attempts (7.7 percent). .

Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ first-quarter shooting. They shot 52.6 percent (10 of 19) in the first 12 minutes.

Worst of the Worst:  This has to go the Sixers’ inability to hold onto the ball after intermission. They committed 13 of their 19 turnovers in the second half. Nine came during a stretch from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth. Those costly miscues were the difference in the outcome.

  Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.



About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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