Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Sixers 114-110 victory over the Miami Heat Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

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

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had a huge night in the 76ers´ season-opening win over the Heat. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had a huge night in the 76ers' season-opening win over the Heat. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Sixers 114-110 victory over the Miami Heat Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance:  How can you not give this award to Michael Carter-Williams? Anyone who witnessed this game realizes that Carter-Williams gave the Heat the business. The Sixer rookie point guard made four three-pointers en route to scoring 22 points. He also finished with 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. His nine steals are a record for a player making an NBA debut. His assists were the second most by a player making his debut.

Worst performance: I couldn’t avoid handing this award to Shane Battier. The Heat power forward missed all seven of his three-point attempts and went 1-for-8 overall.  He finished with two points and four fouls in 23 minutes, 41 seconds.

Best defensive performance: Carter-Williams also gets this award with his nine steals. All seven of his rebounds came on the defensive end.

Best performance in a losing effort: Some could argue that LeBron James deserves this award since he scored a team-high 25 points to go with 13 assists. But I gave it to Chris Bosh.  The 6-11 center/forward finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bosh made 8 of 13 shots – including 2-for-3 on three-pointers.  LeBron, meanwhile, made just 1 of 6 shot attempts in the fourth quarter.

Worst statistic: The Heat missed 10 straight field-goal attempts from 4 minutes, 55 seconds left to 9.6 seconds remaining.

 Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ first-quarter shooting. They made their first 11 shots en route to shooting 73.7 percent in the first quarter.

Best of the best: This goes to the 19,523 fans, who packed into the Wells Fargo Center. They truly gave the Sixers a home-court advantage. The arena was electric Wednesday and the home team fed off it.

Worst of the worst: The Heat's decision to rest Dwyane Wade. Let's face it.  The upset probably would have been avoided if the all-star shooting guard played. But the Heat rested him due to "a little soreness" following Tuesday's game against Chicago Bulls in Miami. Translation: They didn't think they needed Wade to beat the Sixers. I bet the Heat won't rest him the next time the teams meet.

- Keith Pompey

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