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"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Nets

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 121-120 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center:

"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Nets

Philadelphia 76ers´ Evan Turner in action against the Nets. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner in action against the Nets. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 121-120 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: Evan Turner is the easy choice to win this award. Check that, the Sixers swingman is the only legitimate choice to win this award. The 6-foot-7, 217-pounder’s driving layup at the buzzer gave the Sixers a much-needed victory over the undermanned Nets. He also broke out of his shooting slump by scoring a game-high 29 points on 13-for-22 shooting to go with 10 rebounds and five assists. Turner made his first eight shot attempts.

Worst performance:  On the surface, this is a tough one, because Spencer Hawes and Andray Blatche both struggled, offensively.  Yet, don’t let Hawes’ 3-for-14 shooting fool you. The center still finished 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Blatche, however, had six points on 3-for-10 shooting. The 6-11 backup center/power forward was also a no-show on the boards, finishing with just three rebounds. So I have to give it to the Net.

Best performance in a losing effort: As one of the only efficient Nets, Paul Pierce has to get this one. The future Hall of Famer went 7-for-9 from the floor – including 4 of 6 on three-pointers – en route to finishing with 24 points. His 26-foot three-pointer gave Brooklyn a 120-119 lead with 16.9 seconds left in overtime. Pierce also finished with 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals and six turnovers. Yeah, yeah, I know six turnovers are terrible. But, hey, no one’s perfect.

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Best defensive performance:  Thaddeus Young gets this award. The Sixers power forward had three steals to go with a blocked shot.  Effective on both ends of the court, the 6-8, 230-pounder also finished with 25 points.

 Worst statistic: How can you not give this to Brooklyn’s foul shooting? They shot 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from the free-throw line.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ points in the paint.  They held a 66-30 points-in-the-paint advantage.

Worst of the Worst: I know the Nets were without Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett. But this award has to go to Brooklyn’s second-half bench points. The Nets reserves combined to score just four points after intermission.

-          Keith Pompey

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About this blog

Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

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.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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