Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers 94-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center:

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

Philadelphia 76ers´ Thaddeus Young in action during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum
Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young in action during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers 94-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: This was a tough one, because Evan Turner had a double-double and Tony Wroten scored a career-high 18 points. But I gave it to their Sixers teammate Thaddeus Young. The 6-foot-8 power forward scored 16 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Young also finished with eight rebounds, two blocked shots, a steal and an assist while committing a turnover. Turner, however, finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a steals. But he had six glaring turnovers. Wroten's career high points came on 7-for-14 shooting. But he struggled on three-point attempts,  going 2-for-8.

Worst performance: This has to go to Anderson Varejao.  The Cavs center struggled mightily against the Sixers. Varejea was held to two points on 1-for-7 shooting.  He also was a nonfactor on the boards, finishing with four rebounds in 32 minutes. Let’s just say that this was a game he wants to forget.

Best defensive performance: Sixers center Spencer Hawes gets this award after blocking six shots and helping to bottle-up Varejao.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Dion Waiters wins this award after producing a team-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. This is by far the South Philly native’s best professional performance in his hometown arena.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers attempting just two foul shots before intermission.

Best statistic: This award goes to Sixers points in the paint advantage.  They scored 48 points in the paint compared to 28 by Cleveland.

Worst of the Worst:  The Cavaliers blowing a 14-point lead only to trail by 19 points with 7:17 remaining.

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



About this blog

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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