Thursday, December 25, 2014

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

TORONTO – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Toronto Raptors’ 125-114 victory over the 76ers Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre:

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

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) is fouled on his way to the basket by Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during first half NBA action in Toronto on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter Power)
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) is fouled on his way to the basket by Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during first half NBA action in Toronto on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter Power)

 TORONTO – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Toronto Raptors’ 125-114 victory over the 76ers Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre: 

Best performance:  So much for Kyle Lowry being a little rusty after missing the last three games with a bruised left knee cap. The Raptors point guard appeared to be in great shape while winning this award. Lowry scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. Eight of the Philly native and Villanova product’s points came on four straight possessions after the Raptors clung to a 112-106 lead with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left.

 Lowry’s personal 8-4 run gave the Raptors a 120-110 advantage with 1:52 to play.

Worst performance: This goes to Nando De Colo. The Raptors reserve guard’s shot was off.  He missed four of his five shot attempts to finish with three points. That would have been fine if the second-year player from France contributed in other ways. But his only other statistic was a personal foul.  De Colo failed to grab a rebound. He didn’t have any assists, steals or turnovers. He was just out there shooting – and mostly missing.

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Best defensive performance: Patrick Patterson gets this one. The Raptors power forward blocked a game-high three shots. He also altered several others. But the Kentucky product also finished with 17 points while making 3 of 5 three-pointers to go with five rebounds.

Best performance by a Sixers: Michael Carter-Williams wins this award. The point guard finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The rookie shot 7-for-12 from the field and made all five of his foul shots. Carter-Williams showed a lot of leadership and poise while running the offense.

Worst statistic: This award goes to Thaddeus Young’s three-point shooting. The Sixers power forward missed all six of three-point attempts.

Best statistic: This goes to the Raptors’ three-point shooting. They made 12 of 25 three-pointers for 48 percent.

Contact and follow Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @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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