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

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, drives on 76ers forward Thaddeus Young during the first half. (Don Ryan/AP)

PORTLAND, Ore.  – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 101-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at the Moda Center: 

Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows Thaddeus Young wins this award for the second consecutive game. The Sixers power forward 20 of his game-high 30 points after intermission. He made all four of his shot attempts in the fourth quarter.  His biggest basket was a tip-in that gave the Sixers a 96-94 advantage and the lead for good with 36.2 seconds left.  Young also had six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a turnover.

Worst performance:  This goes to Dorell Wright. The Blazer sharpshooter didn’t come close to duplicating his Dec. 14 performance against his former team.  Back then, Wright hit all five of his three-point attempts en route to finishing with 15 points. On Saturday, he was a bystander.  He missed his lone shot attempt – a three-pointer – and finished with zero points in 12 minutes.

Best performance in a losing effort: This is an easy one, because LaMarcus Aldridge was a beast.  The Blazers power forward had 29 points to go 14 rebounds, a game-high five blocked shots and three assists.  Dominating from the start, Aldridge scored 11 of Portland’s 19 first-quarter points.

Best defensive performance:  Aldridge has to take this award, too. In addition to blocking five shots, all of his rebounds came on the defensive end.

 Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Blazers’ three-point shooting? They made just 3 of 22 three-pointers (13.6 percent).

Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ points in the paint.  They outscored Portland, 64-40, in the paint.

Worst of the Worst:  This goes to Michael Carter-Williams’ injury. The Sixers rookie lay in pain on the court at the finish after accidently absorbing an elbow to the head from Young. He was undergoing concussion tests after the game.

-          Keith Pompey


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