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Best, worst of 76ers-Bulls

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers 107-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday:

Best, worst of 76ers-Bulls

Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and coach Brett Brown. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and coach Brett Brown. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers 107-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday: 

Best performance: It would be insane to not give this award to Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers rookie point guard finished with 26 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, three steals and four turnovers. Carter-Williams dominated Bulls point guard Derrick Rose while posting his second double-double in three NBA games.

Worst performance: As a former league MVP, Rose was supposed to be a matchup problem for Carter-Williams. Instead, he was a liability.  Rose scored 13 points on 4-for-14 shooting. He also had more turnovers (eight) than assists (six).

Best defensive performance: This award goes to Spencer Hawes. The Sixers center blocked three shots and had a steal. Eight of his 11 rebounds came on the defensive end.

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Best performance by a Bull: Carlos Boozer gets this one. The power forward showed why he’s a force in this league, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. He also went 4-for-4 from the foul line. Thirteen of his points came before intermission.

Worst statistic:  This goes to the Bulls’ first-half three-point shooting. Chicago shot just 21.4 percent (3-for-14).


Best statistic: This had to go to the Bulls’ foul shooting. Chicago shot 89.5 percent (17 of 19).

Best of the best: This goes to the second-half atmosphere at the Wells Fargo Center. The 15,782 in attendance were vocal and gave the Sixers a lift during certain stretches. The place was rocking in the fourth quarter.

Worst of the Worst: This had to go to the Bulls decision to go away from Boozer in the fourth. Despite being unstoppable on the block, the Duke product had zero shot attempts and only 3 minutes, 46 seconds of action in the final quarter. Instead, Chicago shot five fourth-quarter three-pointers and only made one. That was not a good tactic for a team that struggled from long range the entire game.

- Keith Pompey

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



 



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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