Tuesday, June 30, 2015

'Best & Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Mavericks

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Dallas Mavericks 124-112 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

‘Best & Worst’ awards: Sixers vs. Mavericks

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My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Dallas Mavericks 124-112 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Best performance: Dirk Nowitzki showed why he played in his 12th all-star game this year. Nowitzki had 25 points and hit 9 of 12 from the field, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and both of his free throw attempts. He also contributed seven rebounds and four assists and ended the third quarter with a long three pointer.Nowitzki is a future Hall of Famer and at 35, still has a lot of great basketball left.

Best performance in a losing effort: Thaddeus Young had 30 points, 13 rebounds, a career-high six assists and seven steals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau the only other player in NBA history steals tracked back to 1973-74) to hit all those numbers in a single game was Hakeem Olajuwon vs Seattle on March 10, 1987 (38 points, 17 rebounds, six assists seven steals). Young also took a career-high 29 shots (making 12).

Best defensive performance:  Young had seven steals and was diving for a loose ball with under a minute left. He gave it all he had on both ends of the floor in more than 43 exhausting minutes.

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Worst statistic: The Sixers had zero blocked shots.

Second  worst statistic: The Sixers were outrebounded 48-34.

Best statistic: The Mavericks shot 48 for 77 from the field (62.3 percent).

Wasted statistic: The Sixers forced a season-high 25 turnovers.

Most eye-popping statistic: The Sixers scored 30 fast break points, while the Mavericks added 26.

Unsung performance: Michael Carter-Williams had 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Unsung performance II: DeJuan Blair of Dallas scored 18 points (7 of 9 from the field) in just over 16 minutes off the bench.

Fast fact: This was the eighth time Carter-Williams has recorded at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. .  Entering the game, all the other rookies in the NBA had eight such performances combined.

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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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