Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Bobcats

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Charlotte Bobcats’ 105-88 victory over the 76ers on Friday at the Time Warner Cable Arena:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Bobcats

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Kemba Walker drives to the basket during the first half. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Kemba Walker drives to the basket during the first half. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Charlotte Bobcats’ 105-88 victory over the 76ers on Friday at the Time Warner Cable Arena: 

Best performance: As much as I wanted to give this award to Jeffery Taylor, I had to give it to Kemba Walker. While Taylor scored a team-high 20 points starting in place of swingman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Bobcats wouldn’t have won the game without Walker. The Charlotte point guard finished with 18 points, 10 assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

Worst performance: I had to give it to James Anderson. The Sixers reserve shooting guard struggled through 2-for-8 shooting (0-for-4 on three-pointers) to finish with four points in 20 minutes of action.

Best performance in a losing effort: This was an easy one, because Tony Wroten was dominating at time.  He finished with a game-high 21 points to go with nine assists and eight rebounds while at point guard in place of injured Michael Carter-Williams. 

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Best defensive performance:  Al Jefferson gets this award. The Bobcats center blocked two shots and had a steal and he helped to hold Sixers post players Spencer Hawes and Thad Young to a combined 6-for-18 shooting.

Worst statistic: This was a tough one, because, let’s face it, this was an UGLY game. But I have to give it to Bobcats three-point shooting. They shot just 19 percent (4-for-21) from beyond the three-point line.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Bobcats shooting 54.3 percent (25-46) from the floor in the first two quarters.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the Sixers allowing the Bobcats to shoot 54.3 percent before intermission. That enabled Charlotte to build an 11-point half-time cushion. The Sixers were never able to recover.

 - Keith Pompey

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



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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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