My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Atlanta Hawks’ 125-99 victory over the 76ers on Friday at Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: How can you not give this award to Thaddeus Young? Sure Hawks reserve power forward Elton Brand produced a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds in a rout of his former team. But anyone who witnessed the game realizes that Young was the standout. The Sixers power forward made 11 of 19 shots – including three of his four three-point attempts to finish with a game-high 29 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter. Sixteen of his points came in the first quarter.
Worst performance: It seems unfair to give this to James Anderson, considering teammate Tony Wroten shot 1-for-13 from the field. But at least Wroten made a basket and scored six points. Anderson was held scoreless after missing his six shot attempts. He also had three costly turnovers in 28 minutes of action.
Best defensive performance: One thing is for sure. We know this award doesn’t go to a Sixer. Yes, their defense was that awful. But that’s another story. Meanwhile, Paul Millsap showed the Sixers why he’s an NBA all-star. The Hawks power forward had a season-high six steals and two blocked shots. All four of his rebounds came on the defensive end. He also finished with 12 points and three assists. Not bad for only playing 26 minutes.