Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best, worst of 76ers-Warriors

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Golden State’s 110-90 victory over the 76ers Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

Best, worst of 76ers-Warriors

Former Sixer Andre Iguodala.
Former Sixer Andre Iguodala. Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Golden State’s 110-90 victory over the 76ers Monday night  at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: It was a no-brainer to give this award to Andre Iguodala. The Golden State swingman made a career-high seven three-pointers on 11 attempts to finish with a game-high 32 points. Twenty-seven of his points came before intermission. Iguodala also finished with three steals, three assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

Worst performance: There’s no way that Michael Carter-Williams could have avoided receiving this award. The Sixers standout point guard finally played like a rookie, making careless turnovers and jacking up shots. Carter-Williams scored 18 points, but made just 4 of 17 shots attempts – including  1 for 7 on three-pointers. He also finished with a game-high six turnovers. All this occurred on a day when he was named the Eastern Conference player of the week.

Best defensive performance:  This award goes to Stephen Curry. The  Warriors point guard finished with a game-high five steals to go with a blocked shot. Seven of his 10 rebounds came on the defensive end. More than just a defensive stopper, Curry finished with 18 points and 12 assists to post his second career triple-double.

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Worst defensive performance: This goes to the poor soul assigned to defend Iguodala. It’s hard to say who that person was, because Iguodala was open the entire game. It was like the Warriors were playing five-on-four.

Best performance by a Sixer: Evan Turner had to get this one. The swingman scored 18 points in 7 for 12 shooting.  He also made 4 of  5 foul shots and had seven rebounds, three steals and five turnovers.

Worst statistic:  This goes to the Sixers’ three-point shooting. They made just 5 of 25 three-point shots.

Best statistic:  This award goes to the  Warriors’ seven blocked shots. Draymond Green had two. Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Marreese Speights  and Kent Bazemore all had one.

Worst of the Worst: The Sixers effort during a third-quarter stretch. They went through the motions while being outhustled going after several loose balls. As expected, that drew boos from the crowds.

Best quote: This comes from Sixers center Spencer Hawes on his team letting Iguodala roam freely. “Seven for 11 [on three-pointers], that's a pretty good night. You kind of have to pick your poison, and tonight we might have picked the wrong one."

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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