Friday, February 12, 2016

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

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center:

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

Sixers guard Evan Turner  (Rick Bowmer/AP)
Sixers guard Evan Turner (Rick Bowmer/AP)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: As much as I wanted to give this award to Spencer Hawes, I had to give it to Evan Turner. While Hawes’ three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining forced overtime, his teammate won the game. Turner scored the first six points of the overtime and eight of Sixers’ 13 points in the extra session. The 6-foot-7 swingman finished with a team-high 27 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Turner’s overtime heroics more than made up for his five turnovers.

Worst performance: It seems strange to give this to someone, who finished with eight assists.  But I had to give it to O.J. Mayo. The Bucks shooting guard struggled through 3-for-12 shooting (0-for-6 on three-pointers) to finish with nine points. He also failed to grab a single rebound in 36 minutes of action. That’s bad.

Best performance in a losing effort: This was an easy one, because Caron Butler was dominating at times.  The Bucks guard made 4 of 8 three-pointers to finish with a game-high 38 points.  He becomes the first Milwaukee player to score more than 28 points in a game this season.  At one point, Butler seemed destined to will Milwaukee to a road win.

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Best defensive performance:  John Henson gets this award. The Bucks reserve center only saw 18 minutes of action. But they were productive 18 minutes, as he finished with game-high three blocked shots.

Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Sixers’ turnovers for the second consecutive game? They turned the ball over 26 times.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ rebounding advantage.  They outrebounded the Bucks, 50-32.  This marks just the second time they’ve outrebounded an opponent by more than 10 rebounds this season. Hawes finished with a game-high 12 boards. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams and reserve post player Lavoy Allen added eight apiece.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to Tony Wroten’s lower-back strain. The Sixers’ reserve point guard suffered the injury in the third quarter and didn’t return. As a result, he’s not expected to play in Saturday night’s matchup at the Indiana Pacers.  His absence combined with Thaddeus Young’s absence puts the Sixers at a huge disadvantage against the NBA’s best team.

-  Keith Pompey

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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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