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

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley dribbles the ball up court during the first half against the 76ers. (Matt Slocum/AP)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Memphis Grizzlies’ 103-77 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: Mike Conley wins this on a night when the Grizzlies were on cruise control. The Memphis point guard scored 19 points in just 23 minutes. He and the Grizzlies’ other starters sat out the fourth quarter. Conley didn’t exactly dominate from the opening tip, missing three of his four first-half shots. He more than made up for that in the third-quarter, scoring 15 of his points on 4-for-5 shooting. Conley also finished the game with four assists, four rebounds and one steal. 

Worst performance: Byron Mullens gets this award, again. The Sixers reserve center had problems one game after having a solid performance against the Indiana Pacers. On Saturday, he missed all three of his shot attempts and was held scoreless. The 7-footer did block a shot, but finished with just one rebound in 15 minutes.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to Thaddeus Young. The Sixers power forward had a game-high six steals and outplayed Memphis standout Zach Randolph and guarded 7-1, 265-pound center Marc Gasol at times.

Best performance in a losing effort: Young also wins this award after producing 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists to go with his six steals. The 6-8, 230-pounder went 4-for-5 on three-pointers. That’s great, considering he shot a combined 2-for-20 on threes in the Sixers’ previous five games.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers shooting just 47.4 percent (9-for-19) from the floor line.

Best statistics: You have to give this to the Grizzlies 13 steals to force 22 turnovers. They had four players with at least two steals. 

Worst of the Worst:  The Sixers’ point total. Their 77 points are a season low.  This marked the 10th time they were held below 90 points. The Sixers dropped to 0-10 in those games.

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