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'Best' & 'Worst' awards: 76ers vs. Heat

MIAMI – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers’ 100-87 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena:

'Best' & 'Worst' awards: 76ers vs. Heat

(Robert Mayer/USA Today Sports)
(Robert Mayer/USA Today Sports)

MIAMI – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers’ 100-87 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena: 

Best performance:  Thaddeus Young was the winner of this award. But it wasn’t like he received a lot of competition. Miami rested starters LeBron James,  Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers and reserve Chris Andersen. Meanwhile, the Heat players, who played, were on cruise control. Nonetheless, Young made 9 of 17 shots to finish with a game-high 20 points. He also had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Worst performance: I hate to do this to Adonis Thomas, who made his first career start.  He made 1 of 2 shots to score three points and an assist in 5 minutes, 20 seconds before exiting with exiting with a dislocated right pinky finger. But Thomas gets the award due to suffering from a severe case of the hacks.  The rookie swingman, who was signed to 10-day contract, picked up three fouls in the first 3:04 of the game.

Best defensive performance:  Tony Wroten gets this one.  The Sixers reserve point guard finished with a game high five steals.  That was one of his highlights in what was hot-and-cold season-ending performance. Wroten also had four points, six assists and six turnovers.  

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Best performance by a Heat: This goes to Udonis Haslem. The power forward/center made 3 of 4 shots to finish with seven points. He also had a game-high 10  rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

Worst statistic: This award goes to Miami’s turnovers. The Heat turned the ball over 22 times.

Best statistic: This goes to the Shane Battier’s three-point shooting. The Heat forward made 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc.

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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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